Police are hunting a cross-dressing man in a pink wig who held up a petrol station in Merriwa with two guns on May 6th.
A police spokesman said the man, who wore a blue dress over a pair of jeans and a white shirt, robbed the store and threatened to shoot the customers as he fled the scene.
The armed attack took place at about 9.30pm last night when the man, who police described as 40-50 years old, Caucasian and has facial hair, entered a BP petrol station on the corner of Hester Avenue and Merriwa Street.
He apparently asked for a packet of cigarettes and then withdrew two revolvers.
With his arms spread apart, he allegedly pointed one of the firearms at the service attendant and the other at the customers.
Police said the man then ordered the customers to the back of the store and demanded they lay down on the ground.
Det-Const. Jason Vanderwiel of the Regional Investigations Unit said the man ordered the service attendant to hand over the cash in the tills and before leaving the shop, walked over to the customers on the floor pressed the revolver against their heads, threatening to shoot them.
Det-Const. Vanderwiel described the attack as “menacing”.
“Although the disguise is unusual to say the least, the nature of the violence and the threats that he has made including pointing the firearm directly at the head of the customers is absolutely menacing,” he said.
Det-Const. Vanderwiel said during the attack the robber used one of the firearms to subdue the customers and told them if they intervened he would shoot them.
Det-Const. Vanderwiel said he had never in his career come across a cross dressing bandit before.
“It is a costume I haven’t come across before and whether or not it is a costume or it is his regular attire I don’t know. The person has gone into an amount of thought into committing the robbery and gone to some extent to hide his identity,” he said.
The service attendant is said to have been shaken by the ordeal and is receiving counselling.
Tags: gun, bandit, robber, robbery, police, cops, service, gas station, caught, tape, cam, security, surveillance, cross dresser, pink wig
Location: Merriwa, New South Wales, Australia (load item map)
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