THREE men who robbed a bottle shop in Prospect yesterday, including one armed with a pistol, have been urged to surrender to police.
Blacktown police commander Superintendent Mark Wright said several witnesses had given good descriptions of them and police also had a CCTV recording of the robbery which took place at a bottle shop on Blacktown Road at 4.45pm.
View raw CCTV footage from the bottle shop, supplied by Police Media, below:
Superintendent Wright said one of them, was a Caucasian of slender build with brown hair, aged between 20 and 25.
The second is a Middle Eastern man aged between 30 and 40, while the third is a Middle Eastern man aged 25 to 30.
He said CCTV footage of the robbery was being issued to the media to help with the manhunt.
He said the three men, one armed with a pistol and another with a baton, waited for several customers to leave the bottle shop before they confronted the shop employee.
‘‘They took him to the back room, tied up his hands and taped his mouth before taking some cash from the cash register,’’ Superintendent Wright said.
‘‘They also took alcohol and cigarettes after failing to force open the ATM in the shop.''
He said two men fled in a small black car with the letters PJT or PJP on the number plate while the third man, who was being chased by some witnesses, escaped on foot towards the direction of Metella Road.
Superintendent Wright described the action of the three as brazen and said the police would capture them as soon as possible.
He said it was still too early to say if the trio were involved in similar armed robberies in western Sydney recently.
‘‘You will be caught with the help of the CCTV, our forensic team and several witnesses,’’ he said.
Anyone with any information can call Blacktown police on 9671 9199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.