When an attendant who works at the Sukie’s Gas Station left her home on Monday morning, she never envisioned that she would be encountering a masked armed robber at her workplace.
Between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 am, a lone robber with a helmet and a mask on a grey scooter, entered the station, held up the female gas attendant and robbed the establishment.
When DNO arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, the attendant was traumatized and visibly shaking and could not give an interview but proprietor Hubert ‘Sukie’ Winston gave his version of what occurred.
He said he was working in a nearby apartment building when he saw a group of people at the front of the gas station staring in the direction of Bath Road, which runs parallel to the Newtown Savannah.
“So I turn and I am watching and I saw nothing,” Winston related. “So then I was just walking parallel to the area, and someone said, ‘come awhile, come awhile we just had an armed robbery there.'”
He said upon investigation he realized what actually took place.
According to Winston the robbery was cut short when a bus pulled into the station to conduct business. “It’s only when a bus came in for fuel that it changed the whole scenario,” he stated.
He noted that the lone robber had a mask and a helmet, but apparently left evidence behind which he said will work in favor of investigators.
When asked whether he had an idea of how much money was stolen, Winston said that the robber got away with some funds but a calculation has to be done to get the precise amount. “I can’t say,” he stated. “It has to be calculated so we can come up with a total because everything is precisely monitored.”
He said the station is under camera surveillance at all times and this will also help investigators in the matter.
Winston noted the attendant is traumatized since a gun was used in the robbery and she was forced to lie on the floor while the robber locked the doors. “She had no control of her self,” he noted. “They just commanded her to do what they would like her to do.”
Meanwhile an eye witness, who owns a business in the area, told DNO that a man, who possibly is the robber, was seen monitoring the area often and was seen actually entering the gas station on many occasions.
Another man who works nearby said he too is traumatized because of the close proximity of the incident to his workplace.
According to the official police report at 9:30 am a man wearing a motorcycle helmet entered the gas station to collect change after purchasing an item.
The attendant was robbed of money at gunpoint while at the cash register, and then made his escape on a scooter which was parked nearby.
Thereafter, the police found the scooter and a helmet not far away from the petrol station.
The matter is under investigation.