Armed robbers threatened a female employee at a garage near Braunton with a meat cleaver and kitchen knife on Saturday.
Police are appealing for information to the “despicable” incident which occurred at Knowle Garage at around 8pm.
VIDEO: This dramatic CCTV footage shows the terrifying moment two men stormed Knowle Garage armed with a meat cleaver and knife before subjecting the 65-year-old grandmother to a harrowing ordeal:
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said the two men entered the garage just as it was about to close.
He said: “Two offenders entered the store armed with a meat cleaver and a large kitchen knife and proceeded to threaten the member of staff before stealing around £50 cash from the till. They were wearing black balaclavas.”
The knife carried by one of the offenders was left at the scene.
Police described it as a “Kitchen Devil” chef’s knife with an un-serrated edge. It is approximately 30cm in overall length with a blade of approximately 16cm and has a black moulded handle.
Detective Sergeant Paul McWhinnie, of Barnstaple C.I.D., said: “We are appealing for help from the public to try and assist in identifying these offenders. We would like to hear from any shopkeepers who believe they may have sold the meat cleaver and kitchen devil knife or from anyone who is now missing these items and who suspect a family member or someone they know may be involved in this despicable crime.
“We are also interested in hearing from anyone who believes they may have seen these offenders approaching or leaving the garage and in particular we would like to establish their method of travel to and from the scene.
“The offenders behaved in a very aggressive and threatening manner, swinging the meat cleaver towards the female member of staff and subjecting her to a very traumatic incident.”
Devon and Cornwall Police said one of the offenders was wearing a grey “ultra magnetic” hooded top while the other offender was wearing very dark or black clothing with dark trainers with “addidas” white stripes on the sides of the trainer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference CN/12/454.