Hunt for masked rob­ber af­ter raid at petrol sta­tion

35-year-old staff mem­ber ‘trau­ma­tised’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL BOAL

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”

Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine

SCENE OF THE CRIME: The fill­ing sta­tion on Welling­ton Road re­mained closed yes­ter­day as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated.

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