TWO workers were shut in a cigarette safe in the second armed raid on a shop in the space of two months.
Three masked men armed with a kitchen knife forced the two men, aged 20 and 31, into a secure lock-up at the One Stop convenience shop on Meltham Road in Netherton last night.
One of the members of staff was tied up with a rope and one was ordered to fill two bin liners full of cigarettes.
The workers had to beg the gang not to lock the safe for fear they would be unable to breathe.
Instead, the robbers, piled a wall of goods against the safe door before fleeing with the cigarettes and a small amount of cash between 10.45pm and 11.10pm.
The incident follows a robbery at the same shop on Saturday December 19, when a 24-year-old employee was wrapped up with parcel tape by a gang armed with a metal bar who fled with thousands of pounds.
Police said they were not linking the two incidents at this stage.
In a separate incident, a gang of three tried to rob staff at a convenience shop on Eldon Road in Marsh last night.
They were described as being armed with a "Rambo-style" knife, but were scared off empty handed at about 8.50pm.
Police do not believe the incident was linked to the robbery in Netherton.
Anyone with information should call Huddersfield CID on 01484 436685 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.