Christopher Knaus August 28, 2012
Police say the man with the tyre iron was wearing a black hoodie, light coloured pants, white shoes and his face was concealed by a dark colour bandana. Photo: ACT Policing
Footage of a violent northside aggravated robbery shows a service station attendant smashed in the head repeatedly with a tyre iron, before a passer-by intervenes and chases the alleged offender from the scene while whipping him with a dog leash.
The aggravated robbery took place at the Caltex station in Kaleen last Friday, about 11pm.
CCTV vision released by police today shows a well-planned attack on the service station by two men.
The first man walks into the service station, buying cigarette papers.
As the man leaves, he pauses at the service station entrance, pretending to adjust his shoes so he can keep the locked door open for his accomplice.
The second man sprints into the store armed with a tyre iron, jumps the counter, and demands the attendant open the till.
The worker complies, and is shown cowering in the corner when the alleged offender hits him in the head repeatedly with the weapon.
But the crime came unstuck when a member of the public noticed the commotion, while walking his dog nearby.
The vision shows him rushing into the service station and chasing the alleged offender outside.
The pair scuffle briefly, before the alleged offender turns and runs.
The footage shows him being whipped with the dog leash as he flees, before he trips over on the concrete.
The intervention forced the alleged offender to drop the cash, which was returned to the store.
"Police are certainly very appreciative of the action of the good samaritan in intervening," Detective Sergeant Craig Marriott said.
"But we would remind members of the public to please consider your own personal safety if you do happen to observe an offence of this nature.
"Offenders often are armed and desperate, and your own life is not worth the relatively small amount of money that are often obtained during these offences."
Detective Sergeant Marriott said the offenders appeared to have run surveillance on the service station in the lead up to the attack.
He said service stations were often considered "soft targets" by criminals.
The shop attendant suffered minor injures as a result of the attack, but has since recovered.
Police are still hunting for the two men responsible.
The first man was Caucasian in appearance, had a thin build and was wearing a dark blue hoodie, light grey tracksuit pants and white sneakers.
The second was wearing a black hoodie, light coloured pants, white shoes and his face was covered by a dark colour bandanna.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website.