Muff forecourt attendant robbed at knife point

A CCTV image of the man who allegedly robbed Texaco Service Station in Muff yesterday.
A CCTV image of the man who allegedly robbed Texaco Service Station in Muff yesterday.

A forecourt attendant in Muff was robbed of £1000 at knife point yesterday afternoon.

The man was left badly shaken following the incident, during which the thief chased him around the forecourt of Texaco Service Station, Muff, with a nine-inch knife in full view of at least six customers.

The attendant was then robbed of £1000.

The owner of service station, Mr, Colm McKenna, has now offered a reward of £1000 for any information about the incident which took place yesterday at 5.25pm.

They have also released CCTV images of the alleged suspect.

The robber had allegedly earlier robbed the Point Filling Station in nearby Quigley’s Point.

In that incident, the man entered the shop and produced a knife, before demanding money. He was provided with an amount of cash and left.

Buncrana Superintendent Eugene McGovern told the ‘Journal’ the man then took a ‘slip road’ at Quigley’s Point and drove to Muff.

He was seen at the Maxol Filling Station, but no crime took place.

It is understood Gardai were on their way to the crime scene at Quigley’s Point when the robbery occurred in Muff.

The robber used a white transit van, registration LHZ1696 and is described as being 6ft in height.

He was wearing a high viz jacket, blue jeans under dark overalls or runners and white trainers with a blue mid stripe.

The van escaped in the direction of Muff village before going up towards the Rock bar then turning towards Shantallow.

It was later abandoned in Carnhill.

The white van had a broken side window and Texaco, Muff are offering a £1000 reward towards anyone providing information that leads to the man’s arrest.

The station’s owner congratulated the prompt response of the Gardai but said he believed that the Muff/Bridgend border area “deserves improved Garda resources for the area.”

He said this should include a permanent armed response unit, “due to its close proximity to a city of 100,000 people and the problems that throws up for policing the border area.”

Gardai are working with the PSNI and have appealed for information. They have asked anyone who may have seen the van in the areas of Quigley’s Point, Drung and Muff between 2pm and 5pm and in Derry after the robberies to contact Buncrana Garda Station on (00353) 74 93 20540.