Tayside and Central Scotland

New appeal after armed robbery at petrol station

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses following an armed robbery at a petrol station in Clackmannanshire.

The robbery happened at about 22:00 on 28 December in Main Street West, Menstrie.

Officers want to identify the driver and any passengers of a silver taxi seen in Windsor Street close to the garage at 21:50.

They are also keen to speak to a male customer who visited the garage shortly before the crime.

He is described as bearded, driving a hatchback with roof bars, and had a passenger in the car with him.

They are still keen to trace the owner of a red-coloured hatchback car, which was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

The masked gunman threatened a member of staff before making off with money.

He was described as being white, medium build, about 5ft 8in tall, and was wearing a black balaclava, a dark padded jacket and grey trousers.

Police said the lone member of staff working in the station at the time was uninjured, but was left "extremely shaken".

'Suspicious activity'

Det Insp Graeme Hendry said: "Through our ongoing engagement with local residents and analysis of CCTV footage, we have established that the silver vehicle was in nearby Windsor Street at the time of the robbery.

"As such, those within the car may have witnessed some suspicious activity or have information that can help us trace the suspect.

"Similarly, I am keen to trace a bearded male customer who bought items from the garage just prior to the robbery. He left in a small hatchback car fitted with roof bars. The vehicle travelled west towards Blairlogie.

"I would ask that these individuals, or anyone else with information relevant to this investigation, contact police immediately."

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