THIS is the dramatic moment a hooded robber, dressed all in black and clutching a large knife is about to demand money from a frightened shopkeeper in the Harryville area of Ballymena on Friday morning.
The shopkeeper, Robert Frew, was in the shop alone at 4.30am when the raiders struck.
CCTV images show two raiders, one of whom follows Mr Frew through the shop before demanding cash from the till which is handed over.
There has been a huge level of support for the shopkeeper on social media with videos of the robbery widely shared in the hope of identifying those responsible.
Police released the following statement: “Detectives in Ballymena are investigating an armed robbery at a shop in the town this morning, 12 October.
“At around 4.30am two hooded males entered the premises on Queen Street in Harryville and threatened the owner with a knife. The pair then made off on foot with a sum of cash.
“Detectives are appealing for witnesses and can be contacted at Ballymena CID by calling 101, quoting reference 178 12/10/18.”
Later, on the PSNI Facebook page the statement was amended to include the phrase that the duo had “Northern Irish accents”.
On social media, some people wondered if one of the raiders may have been a female.