Knife raid ‘first’ for Torquay servo boss

WANTED: Images of two men wanted over the alleged servo robbery.

By Natalee Kerr

A Torquay businessman has spoken of his shock after an employee was allegedly robbed at knifepoint this week.

Monday’s armed robbery was the first in the service station manager’s experience, he told the Geelong Indy.

“I’ve never dealt with a situation like this before. It’s horrifying,” the manager said.

“Not only is this the first time in my life I’ve experienced something like this, it was also the first for my employee, too.

“I was upset and devastated to hear that my employee was put in such a scary circumstance.”

The lone employee was in the servo when two masked men in colour-coordinated outfits entered around 9pm Monday, the manager said.

The male attendant, in his early 20s, watched the masked, hooded and gloved men steal cash and cigarettes, the manager said.

Police confirmed that both men had knives and jumped the counter.

The employee was shaken afterward, the manager said.

“No one should have to go through this. He was very scared and shocked at the time.”

The employee watched the offenders flee on foot before immediately calling police, the manager said.

Police later released security camera images of the men in the hope someone might recognise them or their clothing.

The images showed them wearing yellow gloves, grey T-shirts and white masks.

One was wearing a red long-sleeved hoodie. The other wore a black hoodie under his T-shirt.

The manager said he believed that police had questioned two suspects.

Victoria Police was unable to provide further details of the incident when the Indy went to press on Thursday afternoon.

Police asked anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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