The heist bore all the hallmarks of a classic western film, with one of the men yelling: “Stop. This is a robbery. Nobody move or I’ll shoot” through a loudspeaker while his accomplice held a cashier at gunpoint until they emptied the till.
La Nuova Sardegna, the island’s news website, said the bandits were “quick, determined and bold” in their mission to rob the Nonna Isa di Salvatore Boe supermarket in Su Remediu, Orosei, on Thursday.
The terrifying ordeal lasted a few minutes, with the men fleeing with a €1,000 loot. They escaped in a black Volkswagen Golf, driven by a third accomplice, the newspaper reported.
Witnesses said the ordeal was over so quickly they were unable to recall details that would help identify the robbers, and the shop was not equipped with a video surveillance system either, the newspaper said.
Police have so far been unable to trace the robbers or their vehicle, but believe the heist is linked to a similar incident at the Bottegone supermarket in the town of Siniscola last Saturday, in which two armed robbers fled with about €800.