VIDEO: Robbers use concrete block to smash Farnworth shop counter and steal mobile phones
THIEVES smashed a display counter with a concrete block and stole about 20 mobile phones during a robbery in Farnworth.
Two men were caught on CCTV robbing Plodder Lane News in Plodder Lane at about 2.20pm on Thursday, September 19.
The footage, released today by police, shows a man throw a concrete slab through a glass display cabinet before attempting to attack the shopkeeper.
The men had earlier come into the shop to ask about mobile phones then left, returning a few minutes later.
One man was armed with a concrete block which he threw through the glass display cabinet.
While this happened, his accomplice filled a black gift-style bag with mobile phones. About 20 mobile phones are thought to have been stolen.
One of the men was white, 6ft tall, slim, in his early 20s and was wearing a beanie hat, grey hoodie and bottoms.
The other was white, 5ft 9in tall, medium build and in his early 20s. He was wearing a baseball cap and jacket.
PC Adam Squires said: "The men have conducted a brief recce of the shop before returning just minutes later with a large concrete slab that they used to threaten and intimidate the victim and smash the display cabinet.
"They have then stolen a large number of mobile phones, leaving a local businessman - who is trying to earn a crust providing a service to the local community - significantly out of pocket.
"Some of these phones are most likely damaged as a result of being crushed by the concrete slab so will be neither use nor ornament to anyone.
"However I am sure that will not stop them trying to offload them so if you hear of anyone selling phones at knock down prices get in touch.
"I want people to look closely at this CCTV and if they recognise the offenders, either individually or as a pair, from the images, from their clothing or even something as slight as the way they are walking, please get in touch, anonymously if necessary."
Anyone with information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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