Staff tied up in armed raid on village supermarket

Police in Bridgend are appealing for information following an armed robbery which happened at the Co-Op store on Victoria Street, Pontycymer.

The Co-Op at Pontycymer. Credit: Google Street View

At just after 6am, on Monday, 16th November two men wearing balaclavas, armed with a crow bar and a hammer, confronted the manager of the store at the side entrance to the shop.

One of the attackers wearing a balaclava. Credit: South Wales Police

The manager - and two other shop workers - were tied up, and the two men demanded to know where the shop’s safe was kept.

Over £2000 in cash was stolen by the men, along with cigarettes and scratch cards. A cash register hard drive was also taken.

It was a nasty robbery and I believe those responsible are from the area.

They have acted with total disregard for the importance of the shop to people in the village and absolutely no care for the welfare of the poor victims who have been left traumatised by what they have been through.

Somebody will know something and I am urging them to do the right thing by their community and call us.

– DI Andy Paddison

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.