Staff shaken after hold-up
THE terrifying event unfolded in just 15 seconds where a balaclava-clad man held two shop assistants at knife point at the United Warwick Oasis Service Station in the early hours yesterday.
A spokesman from the Wallace Street service station described the aftermath of the armed hold-up, where the offender fled on foot with about $300 in cash.
“I came in about 6am and one of the (attendants) was shaking... trembling... he was about to start his shift but he couldn’t talk. He was very afraid so I sent him home.
“He had the knife close to him while he gave the guy money.
“It was the change of shift so we had two young guys in (aged 25 and 26 years old).
“They had a hard time understanding (the offender) – whether it was the accent or the thing covering his face I’m not sure.”
The spokesman said it was the Warwick business’ one-year anniversary yesterday, which marred a previously-spotless history of break-ins or violence.
“We came from Melbourne and we have another station in Warwick. Nothing like this has happened to either store while we’ve been here.”
A Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) spokesman said the armed robbery happened about 5am yesterday.
“The offender was armed with a six-inch (about 15cm) knife curved like a boomerang,” the spokesman said.
He is described to be a thin-built man, tanned/olive complexion, about 185cm tall, 18 to 25 years old with brown hair and eyes.
“He was wearing long black pants and long sleeve shirt, blue woollen gloves and a purplish balaclava,” the police spokesman said.
“The balaclava had an open face – like a diving or a ski mask – with it pulled down over this forehead and mouth.”
The Daily News was invited to view the security footage at the service station which clearly displayed a man running into the store waving the knife in a threatening manner while he ordered the attendants to place money and cigarettes into a blue bag while another female attendant worked in the kitchen unaware of the trauma which was unfolding a few metres away.