AN ARMED robber in his 20s who held up a Gympie service station attendant with a knife on Sunday night remained calm and collected as he made his demands, police said yesterday.

The man, covered from top to toe in black clothing, and wearing black gloves, white shoes and a balaclava, walked into the Woolworths Service Station near Red Rooster on the Bruce Hwy about 9.40pm and calmly told the lone 20-year-old male attendant to hand over all the cash and several packets of cigarettes.

There was nobody else at the service station at the time. After the attendant did as he was told, the robber fled the scene on foot with the cigarettes and hundreds of dollars in cash, but police said there may have been a vehicle parked out of sight.

Gympie CIB Detective Acting Sergeant Rob Lowry said the Sunshine Coast-based dog squad joined Gympie detectives and forensic officers at the scene of the crime later that night. The dog squad came up empty handed, but forensics had sent several "samples" off to be tested, and police were now waiting on results.

Detectives from the Gympie CIB are now in the process of reviewing CCTV footage obtained from nearby businesses in the hope of identifying the robber.

Det Sgt Lowry said though the bandit was believed to be in his 20s, that was merely a "ballpark figure".

The attendant was not physically injured as a result of the robbery.

Anybody with information can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Gympie Times


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