AN axe-wielding bandit held up the IGA supermarket in Follett Rd, Cheltenham, 4.20pm, Friday, and escaped with a quantity of cash.
The man, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a black balaclava, was driven to the store in a silver Mitsubishi Lancer hatch which parked out front.
He walked up to the cash register, waved the axe and gestured to customers to leave the store.
He gave a black shopping bag to the sales assistance and demanded she fill it with cash.
When the assistant ran to the rear of the store the man swung the axe into the counter damaging the surface, while making further demands for money.
He then leaned over the counter and removed the cash draw before running to the car which drove off along Mena Av.
Another sales assistant took down the car’s registration number, which was found to be stolen.
Anyone with any information should call Kingston CIU on 9556 6565.