An armed robbery took place at United Petroleum on Cohoe St early yesterday morning.
An armed robbery took place at United Petroleum on Cohoe St early yesterday morning. Bev Lacey

Servo attendant stays calm during armed hold-up

THE manager of United Petroleum on Cohoe St has praised the actions of an attendant during a robbery at the service station.

United Petroleum manager Ronnie Singh said the store attendant, Karthik Gorugantu, followed procedure by not arguing and handing over money.

"Mr Gorugantu straight away pressed the alarm and the police arrived within five minutes," Mr Singh said.

"He rang me and head office.

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"We have training for robberies regularly and Mr Gorugantu acted correctly."

About 4.40am a man entered the business before rushing to the counter armed with an unknown round object and demanding money from the attendant.

Mr Singh said between $800 and $900 was stolen.

"The guy came up with a black hood and when he entered the shop he put a mask on his face," he said.

"He produced a cylindrical weapon with a red button on it."

Mr Singh said he approached Mr Gorugantu and demanded money.

"Mr Gorugantu opened the till and gave him $50 notes, the guy's said, 'I need more' so Mr Gorugantu gave him the $20s and $10s," Mr Singh said.

"The robber came down from Tourist Rd and ran back that way.

"Mr Gorugantu was a bit shaken up after the incident.

"We asked him if he needed counselling, but he said he was alright."

Mr Singh said the last robbery at the service station was two years ago.

He came in to cover the shift from Mr Gorugantu after the robbery.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said detectives had commenced an investigation into the armed robbery.

"The man is described as being about 170cm tall with a medium build and was wearing a black jumper, dark long pants and had material covering his face.

"Detectives wish to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a person acting suspiciously or sighted a silver coloured sedan in the area at the time.

"They are encouraged to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."



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