A gang of robbers used a sledgehammer to threaten staff and a customer during a late night raid on a Sainsbury’s store.
The five masked men burst into the store, forced a customer to his knees and threatened two members of staff with the weapon.
They carried out the terrifying robbery at the Sainsbury’s Local store, on South Parade, in Ossett,
Beth Ratcliffe, team leader at the store, said: “It was terrifying for the staff. One of the colleagues who was working in the shop at the time has said she doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to return to work.
“The other member of staff is taking it step by step but they’ve both been really shaken up by what happened.”
“When the robbers came in one of them jumped over the counter another stood by the door, two of them threatened the staff and another made sure a customer who was in the shop at the time stayed on the ground.
“They covered all of their bases so they definitely knew what they were doing.
“It was all over within about two minutes but the shop was completely ransacked.”
Police said the men parked up outside the shop in a silver Ford Mondeo before carrying out the raid at around 10.45pm on Sunday night.
They escaped with around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and cash from the till.
Detectives are now hunting the robbers – four of whom wore dark hooded tops and bottoms.
The other man police want to speak to in connection with the incident wore a white Adidas top with blue stripes and dark bottoms.
Detectives said they are open-minded as to whether the incident was linked to similar raids at stores in Castleford and East Ardsley.
Det Con Donna Atkinson, of Wakefield CID, said: “We are conducting enquiries regarding this incident and I would appeal to anyone who has witnessed what took place or can help identify the suspects to contact Wakefield CID.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”