Longton petrol station targeted by armed robbers
A woman was threatened with a handgun in an armed robbery at the Jet petrol station in Longton this morning (Wednesday).
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two men entered the Jet petrol station on Lightwood Road at around 5.10am and threatened a member of staff with what appeared to be a handgun.
They then stole money and left via the back door which leads onto Belgrave Road.
The staff member, a woman in her 30s, was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.
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The offenders are described as two men who had scarves and hoodies covering their faces.
The petrol station remained closed until just after 10am while a detailed forensic examination was carried out.
Chief Inspector Mark Dean, Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team Commander, said: "We believe the offenders were waiting nearby for the petrol station to open and they have then followed staff back inside.
One of them had a handgun but it is not known if this was a real or imitation weapon.
"I would like to reassure residents that incidents of this nature are very rare in Longton and Stoke-on-Trent generally.
It would appear the offenders have planned this and carried out the offence at a time of day when there were not many people around.
"However, we want to appeal to anyone who may have been passing on their way to work as the petrol station is near quite a busy traffic island.
There are also residents nearby who may have just been getting up at around that time.
"If you saw anything suspicious please contact us.
"We take incidents of this nature very seriously and will continue to carry out enquiries in the area.
Together with our partners we will continue to the support the staff affected by this incident."
Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 52 of April 18, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.