A MASKED gunman targeted a Durrington post office on Friday afternoon, making off with cash from the till.
A ginger-haired man with thin-framed glasses and a balaclava threatened post office staff with a pistol-type gun at around 1.50pm.
The owner of the Post Office, in Salvington Road, wished to remain anonymous. He said: “It was a bit scary, it happened so fast. Safety was our main focus, we were trying to make sure no-one got hurt. I have been here for four years and I have never come across this before.”
At the time of the incident there was one customer inside the post office being served by the owner’s son at the till. The owner was arranging a balloon delivery on the customer side of the counter when the gunman entered.
“When he came to the counter he waved the gun at me and I thought is he going to pull that trigger. I tried to stay at a distance, I didn’t say anything to him.
“The customer was quite nervous. Once we shut the shop we had to sit her down and see if we could calm her and make sure she relaxed.
“My son’s having a little break at the moment, it’s a shock for him. On occasions like that you don’t have a second go.”
The man was about 6 ft 3 in and aged about 20. He was wearing jeans and a dark hooded top with a green letter M on the front and back and was carrying a rucksack.
After leaving the post office he headed towards Durrington Lane.
Chiropodist Kirt Strasburg was travelling past the post office when police were at the scene.
Mr Strasburg, of Durrington Hill, said: “It’s put fear into a lot of people. People I know who had never locked their doors are now locking their windows.”
Detective Inspector Andy Westwood said: “We are appealing for anyone who recognises the description of the man or who saw someone acting suspiciously outside the post office or in Franklin Road before the robbery to contact us.
“The post office worker was not hurt but understandably has been left very shaken by what happened.
“Please contact us if you saw or heard anything that could help us with the investigation.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 739 of 9/5, email email@example.com or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.