A young woman was left shocked after she was confronted by burglars in a rural Co Armagh shop on Monday night.
The thieves stormed the small roadside store on the Newtownhamilton Road in Tassagh shortly after 9.30pm.
They made off with cash and a large number of cigarettes.
It is understood the suspects were wearing balaclavas and had approached the shop on foot, with a car park a few hundred metres away.
A PSNI spokesperson confirmed the incident to Armagh I.
Sergeant Shannon said: “It is reported that the cash till and a quantity of cigarettes were stolen from the premises.
“I would appeal to anyone that has any information to contact police in Armagh on 101 quoting reference 1359 of 26/2/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
SDLP councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley, who lives nearby said she was shocked by the news.
“I utterly condemn this robbery at Trudden’s Shop and my immediate thoughts today are with the young shopkeeper.
“This would have been a very frightening ordeal for her and we all wish her well.
“Local shops like this are so important in our rural community and it is sickening that there are those who will target a small rural service like this.
“I urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to come forward to help Police track down those responsible.”
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