Knife-wielding bandit robs night service station
IT STARTED as a typical night at Warwick's United service station on Wallace St but ended in 55 seconds of terror.
A 28-year-old male attendant was going about his general duties, cleaning the kitchen while the roadhouse was quiet.
But at 1.36am yesterday, the attendant heard a noise at the front counter and went to serve what he thought was a customer.
What confronted him was a knife-wielding bandit demanding cash and cigarettes.
The attendant followed orders, handing over about $200 in cash and about 20 packets of cigarettes before the robber ran out and headed back from the direction he came, south along Wallace St.
The attendant hit the emergency button, phoned the police and his manager.
He was not physically injured.
Manager of the service station Harry Singh told the Daily News he was proud of how the attendant handled the situation.
"He stayed very calm and did what he was asked, which is what we are trained to do," Mr Singh said.
"The best way is to give (robbers) what they want and not aggravate them more.
"We have full faith in the police and they will catch the offender soon."
Mr Singh moved from Hervey Bay two years ago to take over the Warwick servo and never expected anything like this to happen.
"Warwick is such a lovely place to live," he said.
"Things like this used to happen all the time in Hervey Bay.
"We never expected this to happen here."
Mr Singh said he will be approaching head office to ask for an electronic front door in the aftermath of the robbery.
"I'd like to lock the door after a certain time and people would need to press a button and show their face before they would be let in," he said.
"It's all about the safety of the employees."
Mr Singh said the attendant was shocked by the incident, but OK.
Warwick Police are still investigating the robbery and searching for the offender, who was dressed in a black hooded jumper with white lettering on the front and carrying a dark-coloured backpack.
Anyone with information which could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.