Armed hold-up at fuel outlet

POLICE are seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the United Petroleum service station on the corner of the Sale-Maffra Rd and Princes Highway on Saturday morning.

Two offenders entered the store at 3.45am on Saturday with their faces obscured by scarves and hats, the man armed with a double barrel shotgun and the woman carrying a large combat-style hunting knife.

They demanded money from the male console operator, police alleging the male offender pressed the shotgun against him.

An amount of cash was scooped from the till and the offenders made their escape by car north on the Princes Highway.

A United spokesperson said the console operator had been offered counselling following the incident and given time off work.

It is the second time the petrol station has been held up in less than three months.

On September 8 offenders allegedly produced a knife and threatened an attendant before escaping with a sum of cash.

A 16-year-old and a 29-year-old were charged over that incident.

Anyone with information about this latest holdup can phone Sale Criminal Investigation Unit on 5143 5000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.