TWO bandits who held up a St Helens service station at gunpoint early yesterday are still at large.
A man and a woman robbed the 24-hour BP service station on the corner of Cecilia and Circassian streets at 2am in what police described as a premeditated attack.
CCTV footage shows that a woman approached the glass front door and the male attendant remotely opened it, before a man ran into the store brandishing a gun.
While the man threatened the attendant and told him to hand over money, the woman remained at the door and used both hands to prevent it closing.
The male had his face covered by clothing but the woman only pulled something over her face about a minute into the robbery.
Detective Acting Inspector Jonathan Higgins said both thieves escaped on foot with an amount of cash believed to be less than $1000.
``They were certainly aware of where the cameras were,'' he said.
``The attendant did everything to his training.
``They have had some recent training in relation to these type of incidents and he did everything to protect himself.
``It is incredibly distressing for anyone being robbed, particularly with a firearm.''
Detective Acting Inspector Higgins said detectives from Launceston were following a particular line of inquiry.
Anyone who might have seen the two robbers is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Northern Criminal Investigation Services on 6336 3910.