Servo bandit stops for chocolate

Police are still on the hunt for a “sweet-toothed” bandit who robbed the Batemans Bay Caltex service station at gunpoint this week.

The man, who was dressed in a full-face balaclava, dark clothes and gloves, pointed a rifle at a male staff member at the service station south of Batemans Bay at 12.20am on Wednesday.

The staff member was threatened and the robber forced him to hand over cash and cigarettes. On his way out, the armed robber also stole two bags of chocolate before running out of the store.

Police believe he was picked up by a car that was parked nearby.

In a media release issued on Wednesday, police said they attended the station and detectives were investigating the incident.

They also asked for anyone with information to contact police.

Caltex service staff said they couldn’t comment because of the police investigation.

Meanwhile, nearby businesses were shocked by the incident, but weren’t too concerned because it happened at about midnight, when most businesses are closed.

“It’s a terrible thing to happen,” one business person said. “Certainly it’s devastating for them and the staff member involved.

“It’s a good time of year, but it’s not a good time for this to happen.”

Another businesswoman said that part of Batemans Bay was buzzing with business and growing.

She said it was a “scary” incident to occur.

“I’ve been in retail for 20 years and nothing like that has ever happened,” she said.

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