Two hold up Shell servo at Mur'bah
A MAN who was threatened at gunpoint was lucky to escape unharmed but was left traumatised following a service station robbery at Murwillumbah on Saturday.
The man, a sales attendant at the Shell station on Tweed Valley Way, was working alone and had just closed the store when two men entered through an unlocked door about 5.20pm. After threatening the attendant with a handgun and stealing between $3000-$4000 worth of cash and cigarettes, the offenders fled in a light blue VN Commodore with no number plates. Co-owner of the business Tim Candy said the 28-year-old attendant was lucky he was not physically hurt, but was likely to remain affected for some time.
"He is alright but something like that does hang around for a while," he said. "He is in a traumatic state and he is probably going to have nightmares about it I would say." Police said the attendant was threatened and pushed up against a cigarette counter by the men, one of them armed with a handgun.
The attendant told Mr Candy the men appeared to have "very wide eyes", as if they were under the influence of illegal drugs. Neither of the men was wearing masks, but the business did not have working CCTV cameras at the time of the robbery.
Mr Candy said one offender shoved the gun into the attendant's back before he grabbed some of the stock, knocking things over and trashing the store in the process.
"It is a terrible thing to be on the receiving end of," he said. "But I feel lucky to be living here because I am from South Africa and over there they just walk in with AK47s and shoot the place up.
"It is only money. It would have been far worse if he had been injured." Mr Candy said the police believed the offenders were not locals, but rather just travelling through the area.
The man who was armed with the gun is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 30 and 35, and is 185cm tall with a medium build.
He has fair skin, a "wiry" brown beard, a shaved head and is heavily tattooed. He was wearing a black T-shirt with "Slipknot" written on it and dark tracksuit pants.
The other man involved is described as being of Arabic appearance with dark hair and dark skin. He has a slim build and was wearing a black singlet and dark tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Tweed Heads police, (07) 5536 0999, or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.