THEFT: Two men robbed the Matilda servo at Willowbank about 3.50am yesterday morning.
THEFT: Two men robbed the Matilda servo at Willowbank about 3.50am yesterday morning. Photos: Contributed

Robbers take off with cash in raid on servo

CROOKS have targeted the Matilda service station at Willowbank for the fourth time this year, escaping with a cash till after raiding the store in the early hours of the morning.

Two men, heavily disguised in black clothing and masks, forced their way into the Cunningham Hwy business about 3.50am yesterday.

Police said two employees saw the masked men coming and took refuge out the back.

Detective Senior Sgt Gary Dixon said the men kicked in the front doors before jumping the counter and helping themselves to the cash register.

The workers were not harmed during the incident.

Police refused to speculate on whether or not they believed the intruders may have been planning an armed robbery up to the point when the console operators fled out the back door. Snr Sgt Dixon said it was unclear, from the security footage obtained from the incident, whether or not the men were armed.

Members of the police dog squad were called to the area after the break-in, in addition to detectives from the Ipswich criminal investigation branch.

Police had followed a track established by the dog squad but were yet to locate the men.

Detectives are also still trying to find the man who held staff at gunpoint at the same service station on May 10 this year.

The robber followed another customer into the store about 3.15am, then waited for the customer to leave before taking a carton of milk to the counter and producing the handgun from under his clothing.

He escaped with a sum of cash.

Ipswich detectives have laid charges in relation to another armed robbery at the service station on May 6, as well as an attempted armed robbery on September 10.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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