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A masked bandit has taken off with less than $200 after allegedly robbing two Perth deli owners at gunpoint.
The alleged robbery in Armadale triggered a massive police operation with heavily armed police and the dog squad swarming nearby streets.
In CCTV video from inside the store, the masked man can be seen entering, armed with what appears to be a gun.
As he points the weapon directly at the owners, 60-year-old Pham Vin Dinh drops to the floor while his wife sets off a panic button.
It’s enough to spook the man who rips out the store’s till and runs.
In an attempt to fight back, Pham throws a samurai sword in his direction before running out the store after him.
The alleged robber then fled into an empty house on Mornington Street.
“I honestly thought someone got shot because it seemed that crazy,” one nearby resident told 9News of the police presence.
This isn’t the first time the family run store has been targeted by thieves.
In 2012 a man armed with a knife came in and demanded cash but the owners said he was later arrested and even apologised in person.
Mr Pham, a former Vietnamese soldier, insists the ordeal has left him unfazed.
Ah that okay… I’m okay, not to worry,” he told 9News.
Police continue to hunt the gunman.