A MASKED man carried out a terrifying raid on a North Warwickshire post office.
The assailant walked in to the post office in Mancetter on Saturday lunchtime with what appeared to be a handgun.
But the robber left empty-handed after the cashier managed to find a safe haven in an office.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to help with an investigation that has been launched.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw a silver coloured Ford Galaxy which was in the area around the store at around 12 noon.
The car, which had been reported stolen from Atherstone on April 5, pulled up outside the post office.
A man wearing a ski mask and carrying what is believed to be a handgun got out and walked inside the Manor Road-based store.
He threatened a member of staff behind the counter with the gun.
But thankfully the worker ran to an office and managed to lock the door.
The offender tried to gain entry to the office, but failed to and left the premises.
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: “He got into the silver Ford Galaxy, which was being driven by a second person.
“It had been turned round while he was inside the post office.
“The car drove off in the direction of Nuneaton.”
The man who entered the post office is described as being of slim build.
He was wearing a black top and a dark coloured ski mask.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious at around 12 noon at the post office is being asked to get in touch with the police.
Information can be passed on to DC Dave King in the Local Investigations Team in Nuneaton by contacting 024 7648 3174.
Alternatively details can be passed on through Crimestoppers, which is free from a landline and confidential, on 0800 555 111.