POLICE yesterday released still images from security footage that captured the moment a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a large knife held up a Yarrawonga petrol station on Wednesday night.
The footage captured the 30 seconds it took for the man to walk in, brandish a knife, demand cash from the lone attendant and flee into the night with an undisclosed sum of money.
“He came from nowhere and made demands to open the till and helped himself,” Cobram Detective Sgt Marcus Boyd said yesterday.
“He then took off into the darkness.”
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Patrols of the area after the 8pm robbery failed to find the offender.
Police were still searching for him last night.
They have forensically examined the scene and closed-circuit television footage from the Benalla Road Caltex station.
Sgt Boyd said the footage contained clues that could lead to the offender.
White, unidentified writing on the back of the dark, hooded jumper the robber was wearing was distinctive.
Sgt Boyd urged anyone who recognised it to come forward.
The offender was said to be 180 centimetres tall with a slim build.
He was wearing a light-coloured ski mask, light-coloured shoes and dark tracksuit pants with two white stripes down the side.
The store attendant, who was the only person in the station at the time, was physically unharmed but traumatised, Sgt Boyd said.
Information can be given anonymously by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.