The man who carried out an armed robbery at United Service Station on Saturday night. The man had permanent marker on his face as a way to disguise his appearance.
The man who carried out an armed robbery at United Service Station on Saturday night. The man had permanent marker on his face as a way to disguise his appearance. Police

Nikko bandit: man in custody after service station hold-up

UPDATE 12:45PM: A MAN has been remanded in custody after an armed robbery of a service station while marked with Nikko pens on the weekend.

Samuel James Walter Grant, 25, was kept in the watch house while duty lawyer Samantha Legrady ordered briefs of evidence for his charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

His charges include one count of drug driving, one of common assault, one of driving unlicensed, one of possessing explosives, one of supplying a dangerous drug, one of enter premises with intent, one of robbery with violence while armed in company.

The court heard he intends to enter pleas of guilty to all charges, but three charges need to be dealt with in the higher courts

He no bail application was made and his matters adjourned until March 20 at 2pm.

10.50am: WHEN police on Tuesday arrested the man who allegedly robbed a service station they could still see Nikko pen marks on his body used to conceal his identity.

It was public tip offs which led police an Upper Dawson Rd home on Tuesday afternoon where they found the man allegedly responsible for the armed robbery at United Petrol Station Gladstone Rd.

Police believe the man walked into the service station about 12.10 am Sunday morning with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money and goods.

 

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a search of the house also found a replica firearm, clothing and cigarettes linked to the robbery.

"This is the first time I have come across someone who has tried to camouflage their face with a marker which isn't the smartest think to do, and social media seems to agree," he said.

Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the firearm used to threaten a service station attendant was incapable of firing.

"It's obviously very concerning whether it s a replica or real, that a gun was used in the manner it was," he said.

"We have all seen the footage and he was quite forceful in his actions towards it."

 

United Service Station on Lower Dawson Road, Rockhampton.   Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin   ROK030311-servo-c1
United Service Station on Lower Dawson Road, Rockhampton. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK030311-servo-c1 Chris Ison

The Allenstown man, 25, was charged with one count each of enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence, common assault, armed robbery, unlicensed driving, supplying dangerous drugs, and possessing explosives without authority.

He is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court later today.

Det Snr Sgt Peachey praised the efforts of the public in identifying the suspect which led to the arrest.

"The public were as outraged as we were in regards to the manner in which (the robbery) was conducted and once again we have had a positive result due to information provided by the public," he said.

Service station attendants have been offered support from police.



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