Detectives are appealing for help in tracking down three young men who robbed a shop using a hammer and two-foot machete - for eight cans of lager and two bottles of wine.
The robbers - all white and aged in their late teens to early 20s - walked into Select & Save on Frankley Beeches Road in Northfield, just before 9.30pm on 26 August.
They produced weapons and began to threaten a staff member.
One stood guard by the entrance with a large machete as one of the other men held a hammer over the shop keeper’s head.
A third attacker put two four-packs of Carling lager and two bottles of Paul Masson wine into a large orange holdall before all three fled.
The machete-wielder is said to be around 5ft 7ins tall with short brown hair; he was wearing a black bandana across his face and large aviator style sunglasses.
The second man was 5ft 10 inches tall and is shown on security cameras in a burgundy hooded top with a white ‘Voi’ emblem on the front.
The third man with the holdall is seen wearing a black hooded top with a yellow line emblem on the chest.
“It’s an unusual offence: they’ve gone in armed with weapons but then quickly left with just a small amount of alcohol."
Anyone with information is asked to call DC Katie Morris on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.