West Yorkshire Police are attempting to track down a trio of masked robbers who targeted an Otley off-licence last month.
The gang attacked one of the staff during the Sunday night raid, repeatedly punching and kicking the man and tearing off his turban.
The men, whose faces were concealed with black material, stormed into Cottage Stores, on the evening of January 17th.
One of the gang waited at the door while his two accomplices vaulted the counter and launched the brutal assault on Tandeep Singh Saggu.
They fled the premises with a significant haul of cash, alcohol and cigarettes.
Speaking following the robbery, Mr Saggu said: “I tried to defend myself against one of them, but then another one joined in and covered my face with his hands.
“One of them was telling me if I moved they would stab me. They were just like animals.”
All three suspects were of slim build. The man who waited outside was described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, and was wearing a light coloured hoody. The other two were wearing dark coloured tops.
While CCTV footage taken from the store’s cameras is poor-quality, police have circulated images and hope that anyone with information about the incident will come forward.
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