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A gun-toting robber burst into a Pembroke liquor store and stole the day's takings from the 60-year-old female cashier.

The incident at Serpentine Liquors occurred in broad daylight around 4.30pm today.

Jason Dennis, 38, who runs the store, said his mother, Catherine Lines, 60, was working there alone when the robber struck.

He said: “Somebody came in with what looked like a gun, took the money from the cash register and left.”

According to Mr Dennis, from Smith's, the robbery was captured on a security camera. Having viewed the footage after being alerted to the crime, he said the suspect appeared to be male. He was wearing a helmet with a visor and carrying what looked like a pistol.

Mr Dennis said his mother was too shaken to speak of her experience but told The Royal Gazette: “Obviously she was terrified. He didn't push her around or anything. He just went to the cash register, grabbed the money and left.”

Mr Dennis said it was too early to tell how much cash was stolen.

“It's a day's takings but I don't know how much. It's not like we make a whole lot of money. It's probably $1,500 or so,” he said.

Nothing similar has happened before in the 14 years his family has run the store. Asked how he felt about the crime, Mr Dennis replied: “It's almost part of the society in our beautiful Island now. When you grow up here and you see it progress from what it was to what it is ... I guess it's not as bad as a lot of other places but it seems bad to someone who remembers what it was and sees what it is now.”

Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit joined uniformed police officers at the store to take statements and examine the scene. The commotion attracted the attention of rush-hour commuters who stopped to stare, causing slight traffic delays in the area.

According to police spokesman Robin Simmons, two suspects were involved in the robbery, and they are believed to have been travelling on a motorcycle. He appealed for anyone with information to call the police on 295-0011 or the Serious Crime Unit on 800-8477.

Police outside Serpentine Liquors, where a gunman burst in this afternoon and stole the takings.

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Published March 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm (Updated March 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm)

Gunman robs liquor store of takings

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