THIS footage shows the terrifying moment a shop owner was held at gunpoint.
Detectives investigating the attempted armed robbery at Granville Stores, in Swadlincote Road, Woodville, last week, have released CCTV footage which shows the suspect, clad in white overalls with a scarf covering his face, pointing a gun at the store’s owner Kulwat Rai before turning it on a customer who followed him in a short time later.
The have-a-go hero, who is clearly stunned to see the situation unfolding before him, then took it upon himself to diffuse the situation, appearing to spook the would-be robber before shoving him out through the door.
The drama, from the moment the gunman enters the store until abandoning the robbery attempt, is over in less than a minute.
Derbyshire Police chiefs are hopeful the footage and distinguishable clothing the suspect was wearing will lead to fresh information being brought forward as the hunt to trace him continues nearly a week on.
A spokesman said: “He produced what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cigarettes and cash from a worker, but was confronted by a customer who pushed him out of the shop. The offender then ran down Swadlincote Road towards the ski slope.
“The man police want to trace was white, about 6ft, and was wearing white overalls, black trainers and a scarf covering his nose and mouth. He was also carrying a black drawstring sports-style bag.
“Anyone with information should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Mrs Rai, who was alone in the shop at the time, said she expected the man to be ‘just another customer’ and thought nothing of his unusual clothing until he pulled a gun out of his bag, before the customer – known only as David, who is thought to live locally – stepped in.
She said the family-run store had never been targeted in the 26 years that she has owned it.
She said: “He took a gun out and said ‘give me everything. It was terrifying. I was on my own.”