A FORMER Warrnambool man has been charged with committing an armed robbery at a city BP service station and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Travis Shane Carman, 35, now of Midlands, Western Australia, is listed to appear in Warrnambool Magistrates Court next Tuesday for a committal mention.
In September last year, two Warrnambool detectives travelled to Western Australia. One of the reasons for that trip was to try to locate Mr Carman.
He could not be found, however, the detectives were able to get in touch with some members of his family.
Police then issued a press release and photo-fit image of Mr Carman to The Standard and through Crime Stoppers in Western Australia in early December.
Mr Carman handed himself in to police in WA soon after.
On December 12 last year two Warrnambool detectives again travelled to WA and charged Mr Carman with armed robbery.
He was also charged with burglary and theft in relation to the theft of two firearms at Crossley on December 7, 2011 — the night before the alleged BP armed robbery.
Police officers believed Mr Carman was working as a shearer in towns close to Perth and staying in the Caversham area when not shearing.
Police allege the armed robbery was committed at 5.10am at the BP service station in west Warrnambool and that the female service station manager was left badly shaken.