Police are hunting a gang of masked men who robbed a petrol station.
The robbery happened at the Jet garage in Bowburn, Durham at around 12.15am today.
A female shop worker was at the rear of the premises when she was confronted by four men wearing balaclavas.
The gang left with a quantity of cash after taking the safe. The woman’s car was also stolen before later being found abandoned nearby at Grand View.
The car is a silver Vauxhall Astra registration number KH07 USV. The safe stolen from the garage was found nearby to where the car was abandoned.
Det Insp Dunny McCubbin, of Durham Constabulary, said: “This was obviously a terrifying incident for the woman and we would urge anyone who has any information either about the robbery or the abandoned car to get in contact.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 0004 of 30/11/2015.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111