Barton shopkeeper held up at gunpoint by robber
TERRIFIED Juned Ahmed was told "give me the money or I'm going to shoot you" as a thief brandished a gun in his face and pulled money from his pockets.
The J Telecom mobile phone and laptop repair shop owner was left shaken by the ordeal at the Barton Street firm on Thursday morning.
Mr Ahmed had just opened up the shop when the man came in, holding a handgun.
He said: "I turned around and he came straight towards me and tried to hit me with a whisky bottle.
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"He put his arm up and said 'I'm going to hit you if you don't give me money'.
"I had only just opened up, so I only had coins in the till. He said he wanted notes.
"He said 'I know you've got money'. He pushed me and put his hands in my trouser pocket and took £150 in notes. He showed me the gun and said 'give me the money or I'm going to shoot you'.
"I was trying to call the police but I was afraid he would shoot me. I was a bit scared, I was shaking. It was really awful."
Married Mr Ahmed said the robber also stole a black Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone before he fled.
The shop has only been open for seven months, yet there was a robbery there two months ago, which resulted in convictions.
Abdulla Ahmad, one of the offenders, was given an eight-month prison sentence after admitting the break-in. The 39-year-old of Shooters Hill Road, in London, was also ordered to pay a £100 surcharge after the theft on July 23.
Mr Ahmed said: "On that occasion it involved four people who came into the shop toward the end of the day but a woman nearby saw them and called the police so we were lucky that they were caught.
"Hopefully someone will have seen something on this occasion too so we are hoping that someone will come forward with information."
The man involved in Thursday's robbery was described as black and around 6ft. He was wearing a black jacket and black jeans and had his face covered.
The incident happened at around 10.25am when the shop had just opened.
It is not known what sort of firearm the thief was carrying or whether it was actually a replica or air weapon.
No one was injured in the incident and Mr Ahmed was alone in the shop at the time of the raid.
Searches were carried out in the area by police officers but the offender was not located.
Inquiries are ongoing, which will include scrutinising any CCTV in the area.
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: "Our officers carried out some house-to-house inquiries in the area to see if anyone had any information about what might have happened.
"We are also looking at what CCTV there is in the area.
"At this moment there is no further update and no arrests have yet been made in relation to the investigation."
Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 150 of October 17.