Robbery victim tells of terror after seventh hold-up
"I'LL kill you, I'll kill you," are the words echoing through Matilda petrol station attendant Ravi Singh's mind after he was held up at knifepoint at the weekend.
The armed robbery makes the seventh in the region over the past two weeks. Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Sergeant Dave Tucker said the main focus of police investigations was to establish any link between the robberies.
"What I can assure the community is that we're not only proactively investigating these crimes, but we're performing regular patrols," he said.
"The investigation of these things can be protracted.
However, there are persons in our community who know who are responsible for these crimes."
"There's also persons in our community that may have information in relation to the crimes who can assist the investigation and I would ask these people to come forward," he said.
The Matilda Petrol Station robbery on Bolewski St near Sugarland Shoppingtown happened just after 5pm on Saturday.
Mr Singh said he had just left the counter area to go to the bathroom located at the back of the store when he heard a voice behind him.
He said the store and bowser area had been empty, but now a man stood in the store, carrying a black bag and weapon which he told Mr Singh was a knife.
Mr Singh described the weapon as toy-like in appearance.
The man, whom he said seemed to be in his mid 20s, told Mr Singh to give him his cash, but - tapping his pockets to signal - the attendant said he didn't have cash on him.
He said the robber then demanded he take him behind the counter and give him cash or be killed.
Behind the counter area, the robber said to open the safe - but Mr Singh told him he did not have the key.
The robber then demanded Mr Singh empty the till, but the attendant said he would not.
"I got really cranky. I said, 'Man, what do you want? You can take it'," he said.
Mr Singh said the robber ripped out the till drawer, emptied it and took cigarettes from the cupboard.
"He said to me, 'lie down by your belly' - he said it three times - 'otherwise, I'll kill you, I'll kill you'," he said.
"I'll kill you, I'll kill you ... he kept repeating that."
Mr Singh said he lay down and the robber fled the store.
While some community members have taken to social media asking why the offenders are yet to be caught, Det Sgt Tucker said police were doing everything they could.
"I'm not going to wage into any debate of what we're doing and what we're not doing," he said.