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Staff shaken as armed men raid arcade.

Byline: Tim Lewis

TWO masked men escaped with around pounds 6,000 after robbing an amusement arcade armed with a knife and a hammer.

South Wales Police have appealed for information about the robbery, which took place on Tuesday evening.

The men went into the Stardust Amusement casino on Albany Road, in Roath, Cardiff, at around 9pm and threatened two members of staff and a customer.

Both of the men were wearing balaclavas. One was armed with a knife while the other was carrying a hammer.

Around pounds 6,000 was stolen - around half of which was in coins.

Scenes of crime officers from South Wales Police gathered evidence at the shop yesterday. CCTV footage has been recovered, which police are examining.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Wales, from Cathays CID, said: "Fortunately no-one was injured, and crimes like this are still relatively uncommon in the area, but this was a frightening incident for the three people in the shop.

"I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the two men responsible or anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

"We know they were carrying a large light blue holdall which they used to carry the money, which must have been quite heavy.

"We believe they fled on foot towards Cottrell Road.

"I am also appealing for banks, post offices, shops and other businesses to contact us if they have any customers who are looking to exchange large quantities of pounds 1 coins."

A spokesman for Stardust Amusements declined to comment on the incident. The Albany Road shop is one of two Stardust Amusements in Cardiff. There is also one on Cowbridge Road East, Canton.

The raid is the latest high-profile armed robbery in and around the capital.

Last year, six bookmakers in Cardiff were held up in similar evening raids by 43-year-old gambling addict Stephen Morgan.

He held up bookies with a 10-inch knife and collected a total of more than pounds 11,000.

Morgan was jailed for 10 years at Cardiff Crown Court in December and is appealing against his sentence.

Anyone with information on the Stardust raid is asked to contact Cathays CID on 029 2052 7267 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 14, 2010
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