Police have since identified and arrested a 60-year-old man from Longridge
Two terrified Co-op workers were threatened with a knife as a robber made off with cash and cigarettes.
The incident took place at the store on Berry Lane in Longridge on Friday evening (February 17) at around 9.40pm. Police received reports that the suspect has held a knife towards and threatened two terrified shop workers.
After forcing the staff to open the till, they stole cash and cigarettes before making off. Officers have confirmed that no staff members were physically harmed during the incident, however, they were understandably shaken.
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Following enquiries, police have since identified and arrested a 60-year-old man from Longridge. He remains in police custody.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “On Friday 17th February 2023 at 21:41 hours Police have received a 999 call reporting a knife point Robbery at the CO OP Store on Berry Lane in Longridge, Preston.
“During the incident, the suspect has held a knife towards and threatened two terrified shop workers. Having forced shop workers to open the till the suspect has stolen a quantity of cash and cigarettes from the store before leaving the store.
“Thankfully, due to their commendable actions no staff members were physically harmed during the incident however were understandably shaken.
“Following extensive enquiries local officers have identified and arrested a 60 year old male from Longridge who is now in Police Custody awaiting interview. A further update will be provided in due course.”
- 07:45, 20 FEB 2023