Strike Force Benni releases images of man inside South Maitland service station during armed robbery

Do you know the man on CCTV | photos CCTV: Police wish to speak with this man, who entered the South Maitland service station on October 29 before it was robbed by a woman. Picture: NSW Police.
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CCTV: Police wish to speak with this man, who entered the South Maitland service station on October 29 before it was robbed by a woman. Picture: NSW Police.

CCTV: The suspect vehicle was also caught on security cameras at the South Maitland service station. Picture: NSW Police.

TweetFacebookSPECIALIST detectives have released images of a man wanted for questioning over a South Maitland service station armed robbery.

Strike Force Benni was established earlier this year to investigate the hold ups at Muswellbrook, Maitland, Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae and Islington during June and July.

On Wednesday, detectives released images of a man they believe could assist with the investigation into an armed robbery at a service station at South Maitland on October 29.

Just before midnight, the man was in the service station, when a woman armed with a knife entered the store and threatened the console operator, demanding cash and cigarettes, police said.

The console operator handed over cash and cigarettes, before the woman ran from the area.

Shortly after, the man left the service station.

The man is depicted in the security image as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s, about 170cm-175cm tall, with a slim build, brown hair with a receding hairline, and a beard.

Detectives have also released an image of a vehicle which was seen in the area around the time of the incident.

It is depicted as a two-door, white Hyundai Excel and described as having a centre exhaust with distinct dark circles on the bumper on each side of the exhaust.

The female suspect is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165cm tall, with a medium build.

She was wearing a black hooded jumper, with a bandana covering her face; black shorts with white trim and white sneakers. She was also carrying a brown pillow case.

Anyone with information that may assist detectives with their inquiries is urged to come forward.

Five men and a woman have been previously arrested and charged in connection with Strike Force Benni. Their matters remain before the court.