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Gunpoint sandwich robbery

PUBLISHED: 16:03 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:21 23 August 2010

ARMED robbers stole thousands of pounds from a sandwich shop in a busy shopping centre. Two men emptied a safe in Pret a Manger, on the ground floor of Bluewater Shopping Centre, after threatening staff with a gun during the 5.45pm raid on Sunday, Decemb

ARMED robbers stole thousands of pounds from a sandwich shop in a busy shopping centre.

Two men emptied a safe in Pret a Manger, on the ground floor of Bluewater Shopping Centre, after threatening staff with a gun during the 5.45pm raid on Sunday, December 27.

Kent Police are appealing to shoppers who may have seen them leaving the centre after the robbery, which happened 45 minutes after Bluewater had closed.

Detective Constable Neil Ratcliffe said: "Bluewater was extremely busy that day and we think the robbers made off on foot, possibly walking between stationary traffic which was leaving."

During the raid, the two men, carrying a gun, threatened a 25-year-old member of staff with a gun. She was not hurt, but was made to watch helplessly as the robbers emptied the safe.

They put the money into a number of plastic carrier bags before escaping.

Both men were 6ft, white, and in their early 30s. One wore a distinctive baseball cap with a grey camouflage design and a grey hooded top with blue writing. The other wore a black hat, light brown jacket and blue jeans. Both were carrying heavy plastic bags.

If you have any information that may help police, contact DC Ratcliffe on 01474 366 091, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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