Woman dragged out of van and forced by masked robbers to open doors to Screwfix store in Leighton Buzzard

Two masked men dragged a woman out of her van and forced her to open the door of Leighton Buzzard's Screwfix store during a 'terrifying' raid on the premises.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward, after the robbery at the premises located off Grovebury Road at around 10.20pm on Tuesday (September 18).

The woman was sitting in a van outside the Chiltern Industrial Estate Screwfix store, when the vehicle was approached by the masked offenders.

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She was dragged out of the vehicle and forced to open the door of the store.

The men then continued to threaten the victim and gained entry to the safe, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and made off in a white Vauxhall car-derived van towards Chartmoor Road.

The offenders were described as white, and were wearing dark clothing and face masks.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Hamm, investigating, said: “This was a terrifying and violent robbery, and I cannot begin to understand the emotional impact it has had on the victim.

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“We are appealing for anyone who was in the area, who may have noticed anything suspicious, or who saw the white van in the area around the time of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or by visiting the force’s online reporting centre and quoting crime reference number 40/25518/18.

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