Robbie Patterson, 06 February 2016

A SERVICE station in Sydney’s inner west was held up by a man wielding a knife last night — the fourth such incident over the past three nights.

Police are investigating the spate of service station robberies and hunting a man who they believe to be a serial offender.

The Speedway service station on Liverpool Rd, Croydon was held up about 11.50pm last night by a man who threatened an attendant with a ‘sharp metal object’, police said.

He was handed a small amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.

Ashfield police conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area, but were unable to find the culprit.

The actions of the offender fit a description strikingly similar to three other armed hold ups since Thursday morning — one of which was less than 10m away from last night’s robbery, at the Caltex on Liverpool Rd, Ashfield.

Also on Thursday morning, another service station, just 3km away in Canterbury, was held up at knifepoint, about 40 minutes before the Ashfield robbery.

The man is described as being of Caucasian in appearance, in his mid to late 20s, about 180-185cm tall, with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing dark clothing, with a grey cap.

Ashfield police inspector Andrew Graham said they were “continuing to investigate if there are links between these offences”.

“We are continuing to investigate links, forensic opportunities and CCTV footage from each of the locations,” he said.

And early yesterday, a man fitting the same description entered a Payless Fuel on Unwins Bridge Rd, Sydenham, just before 1.40am where he threatened an attendant with a knife, also fleeing with a large amount of cash.

Extracted in full from the Daily Telegraph.