A WARRNAMBOOL man, 27, was yesterday arrested and charged with committing an armed robbery at the Raglan Parade BP service station in December last year.
Benjamin Claridge, of Wattle Grove, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon charged with burglary, theft and armed robbery. He did not make a bail application and was remanded in custody by magistrate Steve Myall until Thursday.
Mr Claridge has the option of making a contested bail application to the court.
The Standard published a story in Saturday’s edition in which Warrnambool police detectives said they were only “one vital clue” away from solving the armed robbery.
Detective Senior Constable Wayne Ryan, of the Warrnambool police criminal investigation unit, said officers now had a number of specific leads to follow up.
He said the woman victim had been left badly shaken by the armed robbery, which happened at 5.10am on Thursday, December 8, at the Raglan Parade BP service station in west Warrnambool.
He said the alleged offenders hid in waiting for the 40-year-old female proprietor of the service station to arrive for work.
As the woman opened the service station, both men allegedly rushed at her.
One of the men produced a long-arm firearm, not dissimilar to a rifle or shotgun, marched the female victim into the service station and demanded money.
The men then allegedly stole money from the premises and fled.