ALERT customers helped foil a potential robbery at the BP service station, Dromana, midnight, Saturday 9 June: they pulled the spark plug leads out of the “getaway” car preventing it being driven.
A witness said that, minutes earlier, he and others had watched the store attendant remonstrating with a late-night customer who they thought was acting suspiciously. He said the attendant challenged the man and then shut the front door by remote-control, locking the man inside.
The witness said the man attempted to force the door and smash a window to get out but, by the time he made it into his car, it was disabled and police were on the scene.
A 30-year-old Forest Hill man faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week on theft charges. He was further remanded to a later date.