Robbers pushed a member of staff to the ground before making off with ten snakes at a pet shop in Warrington.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a robbery took place at a Warrington Pets and Exotics.
At approximately 5pm on Thursday, 11 January two suspects were driven to the shop on Lovely Lane and after several minutes inside the store they reached into a display case and stole several boxes containing 10 snakes.
As they attempted to leave the store they were disturbed by a member of staff and they pushed her to the ground before running away down Lovely Lane to an awaiting vehicle.
Lee Owen, owner business, told The Warrington Guardian: “I was on the second floor in the office updating the website when I heard the door slam.
“I went to look and I saw my daughter lying on the floor and at first I thought she had been stabbed.
“I thought she had tried to stop someone from taking the till.
“I have been in the business for 12 years and I have never had anything like this happen to me before.
“I feel like I can’t leave the store and I’m constantly pacing up and down.
“It has put me on edge – we are just a small, family-run business.”
After the incident, the suspects sped off and abandoned the car close by.
The snakes have since been recovered and returned to the pet shop.
One man is described as white, of a stocky build and was wearing a multi-coloured bobble hat and scarf, a blue hooded top and light grey tracksuit bottoms.
The other man is white, of a slim build and 6ft in height. He was wearing a dark grey and black hooded jacket and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of a Class B drug. He has been released under investigation.
Detective Constable Carl Davis, of Warrington CID, said: “Thankfully, we have been able to return the snakes to the shop and are now urging anyone who may have been in the area at the time and seen anything suspicious to come forward by contacting 101. At this stage we believe the suspects are likely to be from Liverpool.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 560 of 11 January. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.