Nick Bielby, 04 January 2016

Police believe two armed hold-ups at service stations in the Hunter on Saturday night may be linked.

The Mercury reported on Monday that three offenders, armed with a knife and metal pipe, raided the Metro Service Station at Tarro about 8pm.

They allegedly hit the attendant multiple times and took the entire cash register with them.

Central Hunter acting crime manager Detective Acting Inspector Jerry Bowden said police were also investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place about two hours before the Tarro hold-up, at the BP service station at Stanford Merthyr.

He said the bandits fled the Stanford Merthyr service station empty handed after the checkout attendant refused to give them money or cigarettes.

Acting Inspector Bowden said the incidents took place in “very similar circumstances” and investigators were working to establish whether they were linked.

“At this stage, it’s fair to say police are looking at the possibility these two incidents are linked,” he said.

Acting Inspector Bowden said no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE.

Extracted in full from the Maitland Mercury.