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25 November 2013, 18:19
Thieves have stolen more than £10,000 in a ram-raid robbery of a petrol station in Southampton.
The robbers used a stolen Rover Metro to reverse into West End Service Station in Swaythling Road at around 2.10am on Monday 25 November.
At the time a 25-year-old man was working the night shift. He saw the Metro reverse at speed crashing into the metal roller shutter covering the front door of the garage shop.
Three men all wearing hoods and with scarves across their faces ran into the garage and demanded money. They stole just over £10,000 and left on foot leaving the car on the forecourt.
The cashier was left shocked and frightened by the robbery but was fortunately not physically injured.
It's believed the offenders ran through a nearby stream to escape. Over £100 was found at this location and is currently being forensically examined along with the stolen car,
Officers have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and are asking anyone who saw or heard any of what happened to contact them.
They'd also like to hear from anyone who saw the 'H' reg (1991) Metro any time after around 8.30pm on Sunday 24 November. It's known the car was stolen around that time from the street in Vanguard Road where the 22-year-old owner had parked it shortly before that while visiting a friend.
Detectives would also like to speak with anyone who thinks they may have information about the crime they are asked to call Eastleigh CID on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.