Masked robbers who threatened a south Liverpool shopkeeper with a knife before stealing thousands from him are still on the run, a council meeting heard today.
Garston Food and Wine was the target of the brutal armed robbery, which saw men with covered faces steal thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash, this spring.
At the time, Merseyside Policeissued an appeal to anyone who may be able to help with their investigation – but a representative for the shopkeeper told a council meeting today that so far the thieves had not been found.
The issue came to light during a licensing committee hearing after a neighbour objected to the shop's plans to extend the period it could sell alcohol by two hours in the evening to match its closing time and cited the incident as a reason.
A representative for Dineskandan Sriskantharajan, the shopkeeper, said he had been left shaken by the theft but said that the fact that he was a victim of crime did not mean he should be punished for it.
The representative said: "These guys were wearing balaclavas or masks, they came in with a knife and they took around £3,000 or £4,000 worth of cigarettes and cash from the shop.
"He called the police straight afterward. He provided the police with CCTV images, he cooperated obviously, as you would do, but unfortunately I don't think the offenders have been found or brought to justice as yet.
"Unfortunately these things do happen, it is a sad sign of the times."
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The licensing representative added that Merseyside Police did not object to the application to sell alcohol later, which will be decided on in the coming week.
At the time of the robbery, the force said it was extremely fortunate no one was injured in the incident, which happened at 8.30pm.
Detective Inspector Gavin Mulcahy said in March: “Luckily no none was injured in the incident but it is appalling to think a man just doing his job is subjected to such threats, we will not tolerate this and will do all we can to find those responsible and put them before the courts.
“We are at the early stages of our investigation and we want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw three men in the area or making off in a Ford Fiesta. Come forward and we will take positive action.
“Any small detail, be it CCTV, dashcam or a vehicle seen at speed in the area, could be key evidence, so let us know.”
Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, giving the reference 0898 of 14/3/20.