Two masked thieves, armed with an axe and spanner-like object, threatened staff at a shop in Abbots Langley last night (December 4).
The armed robbery happened at the Budgens store on the High Street at approximately 9.20pm.
The offenders entered the store carrying an axe and an object similar to a spanner.
They threatened a member of staff before taking cash from the till and cigarettes from behind the counter.
The staff member was not physically injured during the incident.
The first suspect is described as white, in his early twenties, of slim build and around 5ft 6in tall.
The second suspect is described as white, in his early twenties and around 6ft 1in tall.
They both wore grey hoodies with the hoods up and had their faces covered.
Detective Sergeant Rob Muir, from the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “This type of crime is very unusual in Abbots Langley and I want to reassure both the victims and residents that we’re doing all we can to trace those responsible.
“Officers attended within minutes of the 999 call and we are now carrying out extensive enquiries, but we are asking local residents to think back to last night and recall whether they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Budgens.
“Were you walking or driving along the High Street at the time of the incident? Do you have a dash cam fitted to your vehicle? If so, we would be keen to see your footage.
“If you have any information you think may be useful but have not yet spoken to us, please get in touch quoting crime reference 41/109225/19.”
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website crimestoppers-uk.org.