By Caitlin Bewley
(3rd Yr Swinburne Uni)
A frightened shop clerk was caught in a nightmare situation when four men robbed
a Darley petrol station, leaving behind thousands of dollars in damages, with one hitting her with a hammer.
In the early hours of January 25, police were called to Enhance Petrol Station on Gisborne Road to reports of an alleged armed robbery.
The four men, who investigators described as of African appearance, attended the scene of the crime in a silver Mercedes Benz, their faces covered by masks and dressed in all black, with CCTV footage clearly showing full intent to wreak havoc.
Upon entering the petrol station, the four men approached 51-year old female employee, Wendy Reale and began hitting her with a hammer when she told them she would not assist them. She was not seriously hurt in the attack.
The men went on to steal packets of cigarettes and less than $200 worth of cash, ripping the entire cash register out to speed up the process.
The accusers went on to destroy shop shelves, an EFTPOS machine, the store’s computer and front door, leaving behind $20,000 worth of damage.
“I’ve worked here for two years and never, ever feared coming to work in the morning,” Wendy Reale told Seven News. “But now, things are changing.”
The four men were last seen travelling in the Mercedes with a broken back windscreen, on the Western Freeway towards Melbourne, with a Moorabool CIU spokesperson telling the Moorabool News it is an ongoing investigation.
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Anyone with any information in relation to this armed robbery are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.