Nissan Pintara dumped in Finch Pl, Calala, after Matilda Service Station at Nemingha robbed | Update

MANHUNT: CCTV video of the two armed robbers inside the Matilda Service Station on Thursday morning. Image: Prime7 News
MANHUNT: CCTV video of the two armed robbers inside the Matilda Service Station on Thursday morning. Image: Prime7 News

TWO armed men are on the run after stealing what’s believed to be thousands of dollars in cash during a robbery of a Tamworth service station.

The masked men used a crow bar to jemmy open the ATM inside the Matilda Service Station on Armidale Rd at Nemingha shortly after 6am.

The pair also threatened the woman working behind the counter and stole her handbag from the back office during the hold-up, which lasted just a matter of minutes.

Crime scene: Constable Joshua Naughtin cordons off the front of the Matilda at Nemingha, and inset, the stolen getaway car. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Crime scene: Constable Joshua Naughtin cordons off the front of the Matilda at Nemingha, and inset, the stolen getaway car. Photo: Gareth Gardner

The pair then fled the store in a stolen getaway car which was captured on CCTV footage from the store.

The getaway car – a brown and white two-toned sedan – was then dumped in Calala – just minutes away from the hold-up.

The service station attendant was not injured, but a sum of a sum of cash has been stolen.

Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly

“The service station attendant was not injured, but a sum of a sum of cash has been stolen,” Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly told The Leader.

Police found the Nissan Pintara abandoned in Finch Pl later on Thursday before it was seized.

Forensic police were called in to comb the car for fingerprints or clues as to who was driving it, as well as the service station after two crime scenes were declared.

Police said the Nissan was reported stolen from a house in Maxwell St in Coledale and investigators believe it was taken sometime in the early hours of Thursday.

Oxley detectives are investigating the armed hold-up and pieced together the robbery at the scene, interviewing the female worker as well as witnesses.

Detectives believe someone might have seen the distinctive stolen car sometime between 4am and 6.30am on Thursday driving through Tamworth.

The men, who had their faces covered, were wearing navy and black long-sleeved jumpers and tracksuit pants and one is seen on CCTV carrying a red-coloured bag on his shoulder.

Anyone that saw the Nissan being driven or any suspicious activity on Armidale Rd or in and around Finch Pl in Calala is being urged to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999.

Crime scene: Oxley police at the scene of the armed robbery at the Matilda Service Station on Thursday morning. Photo: Haley Craig

Crime scene: Oxley police at the scene of the armed robbery at the Matilda Service Station on Thursday morning. Photo: Haley Craig

MANHUNT UNDERWAY

A MANHUNT is underway for two people who robbed a service station on the outskirts of Tamworth on Thursday morning.

Crime scene police remain at the scene of the hold-up at the Matilda Service Station on Armidale Rd at Nemingha.

Police said two men stormed the shop early on Thursday morning.

“Two male offenders armed with some type of tools,” Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly told The Leader at the crime scene.

Image released: Oxley police are searching for this car used in the armed hold-up in Nemingha on Thursday morning. Photo: Oxley police

Image released: Oxley police are searching for this car used in the armed hold-up in Nemingha on Thursday morning. Photo: Oxley police

“The service station attendant was not injured, but a sum of a sum of cash has been stolen.

“Detectives are investigating.”

Police have examined CCTV footage from the hold-up and have released an image of a two-toned car used by the offenders that detectives are searching for.

“We would like to locate a two-tone Nissan Pintara sedan which is white on top and brown on the bottom,” Chief Inspector O’Reilly said.

“If anyone has information that can assist in locating that vehicle please contact Tamworth police.”

Anyone that saw the vehicle or any suspicious activity is being urged to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999.