Saturday, September 18, 2021

Sydney service station worker threatened with knife; 2nd armed robbery in a week

Police are searching for the man behind an armed robbery at a service station in Sydney’s  western suburbs.
Security cameras caught the masked man entering the Belmore service station on Punchbowl Road about 9.30 pm on Sunday armed with a knife before demanding cash from the employee.
The 30-year-old cashier can be seen being forced to kneel at knifepoint while the mystery robber stole $1500 in cash cash and cigarettes, before fleeing on foot down Benaroon Road.
“Fortunately, he was not physically injured,” NSW Police Detective Inspector Andrew Mackay told 9News of the worker.
“I’m hoping he’ll be able to return to work very soon.”
A crime scene was established and the area was searched, with assistance from the Dog Unit, however the man have not yet been found.
This is the second time the service station has been targeted in less than a week.
There was a similar incident last Friday.
“It may be the same offender, it maybe a copycat,” Detective Inspector Mackay said.
Detectives are investigating a possible links between the two robberies.
Anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the surrounding area are urged to contact Campsie Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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