A family milk bar in Melbourne’s outer west has been robbed at knifepoint for the second time in a month.
Police believe up to eight youths wearing bandanas and balaclavas stormed the Riverdene Village Shop in Werribee about 7.30pm on Sunday.
The terrifying attacks have rocked the family who run the milk bar and are closing down the business.
It’s believed the group jumped over the counter and stole cigarettes and cash while causing significant damage to the Derwent Road store, smashing windows and pulling items from shelves.
Two of the teens were armed with knives and the group remain at large.
It is the second time the family business has been robbed by a group of four armed men in less than a month.
On June 17, owner Mary Lakkis, 63, had been about to close up shop when a group of men ran into the store about 8.30pm, stealing $10,000 worth of cigarettes and $1000 cash while one of them held a knife to Mrs Lakkis’ chest.
“I thought I was going to die,” she told Seven News. “I was shaking for like six hours. I couldn’t breathe.”
The group fled with cigarettes and money from the till – the first robbery at the store in 18 years.
Mrs Lakkis said she has worked seven days a week at the store with her husband, Mario, but she may not work again.
A closing down sign has been posted in the window of the store.
The two incidents are strikingly similar, with the first group of offenders also covering their faces and wearing dark clothes.
Anyone with further information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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