VIDEO: Shocking CCTV captures moment knife-wielding robber confronts terrified garage worker
CCTV has captured the terrifying moment a robber in a balaclava confronted a garage employee and threatened him with a large blade and a wooden stick.
The footage, which was released by West Sussex Police after the December incident, shows the robber walking into the Flower Bowl garage in Petworth, West Sussex, with a rucksack, before throwing it at the terrified worker and ordering him to fill it with cash.
Before the thief made his escape, he nabbed the shop's landline to stop anyone calling for help.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen the thief on the night of December 15 or who may have any additional information to get in contact.
Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said: "Although the man was wearing a balaclava that showed only a small part of his face, I am very hopeful that someone will recognise him from the CCTV.
"This was a terrifying incident for the victim but thankfully he was not hurt. We are determined to find the robber.
"A number of vehicles drove past the garage at about the time of the robbery (7.45pm) so we would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man before of after the robbery.