Shotgun hold-up at Co-op

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTwo men violently robbed an Oxford supermarket last Friday night, escaping with a five-figure sum. The robbery occurred at approximately 10.30pm at the Coop on Banbury Road, when the men bound up three workers with tape and brandished a weapon, thought to be a shotgun. They also sprayed pepper spray into the eyes of one male member of staff who had to be treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital. A 29-strong team of armed officers and dog handlers were immediately dispatched to the area after police were notified. Detective Parsons of Oxford CID described the two thieves as white males, both of a muscular build and dressed smartly, wearing clothes “similar to that of night club doormen”. One man, about 40, was of a very large build, taller than 6ft, and bald. The other, about 30, was smaller. Parsons told Cherwell, “One of the men was wearing sunglasses, which might have stood out, considering it was night time.” He also believes that one of the men may have smelt pungently after his escape as the pepper spray would have hung on his clothes for some time. A co-op spokesman said, “this was a very upsetting and shocking incident for our staff.” Staff at the Co-op said they had been told not to discuss the robbery. Anyone with information should call 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more