Hunt for masked robber after raid at petrol station
35-year-old staff member ‘traumatised’
POLICE have launched a manhunt following a late-night robbery at an Aberdeen petrol station.
A 35-year-old member of staff was left “traumatised” after the incident at the Wellington Road Shell on Saturday. The thief, said to have been masked and clad all in black, made off with cash and cigarettes.
While the employee was physically unharmed, they were left distressed.
The station remained cordoned off yesterday.
Police have urged anyone with information to come forward and have also appealed for dashcam footage. Detective Sergeant Sam Harris said: “This was a very traumatic experience for the shop keeper and it is vital we trace the man responsible.”
Police in Aberdeen are searching for a thief who staged a late-night robbery at a city petrol station.
A masked man is said to have entered the Shell Wellington site at about 11.45pm on Saturday and demanded money.
The thief, who is said to have been clad all in black, threatened a 35-year-old employee during the raid.
He made off with a small amount of cash and a quantity of cigarettes and was last seen heading in the direction of the city’s Redmoss area.
While the employee was left physically unharmed, they are said to have been left very distressed by the incident.
Detective Sergeant Sam Harris said: “This was a very traumatic experience for the shopkeeper and it is vital we trace the man responsible.
“I’d like to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the petrol station at about 11.45pm and who may have seen the suspect hanging about prior to the robbery taking place or leaving afterwards.”
Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at that time who may have dash cam footage.
The incident left city councillors dismayed and they urged anyone with information to assist police with their inquiries.
Lord Provost Barney Crockett said: “We are aware that serious crimes such as this are uncommon, but it is appalling that this has happened.
“The type of trauma caused by an incident such as this is serious and we need to make sure we find the person responsible.”
Local councillor Alex Nicoll said: “It is concerning that something like this has happened and my thoughts are very much with the staff of the station who will have to go back to work and deal with this.
“It is a traumatic event and the man responsible needs to be caught.”
Former convener for the police board, Councillor Martin Greig, said: “Petrol station workers and other people who work late alone deserve to feel safe in their working environment.”
The station yesterday remained cordoned off and closed to the public. Staff at the station and Shell bosses declined to comment.
Anyone with info should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Serious crimes are rare but it is appalling this has happened”
SCENE OF THE CRIME: The filling station on Wellington Road remained closed yesterday as police investigated.