A late-night robbery on a petrol staton in Paola resulted in a broken air compressor and €80 stolen – and now workers are appealing to the public for help, while lamenting that drivers didn’t stop the robbery as it was taking place.
“So last night, these two individuals decided to undertake the heist of the century and broke our air compressor to steal a staggering €80 – location Grech & Ellul petrol station Paola,” Yani Ellul, who works at the petrol station, said last Friday. “Police have been notified and any information would obviously be welcome.”
During the video, what looks like a woman can be seen walking around the petrol station, before stopping by a central piece of machinery and attempting to open it, finally succeeding and taking off.
While he called for assistance in finding the robber, Yani said the real reason he posted the video was to call on drivers to be more vigilant when driving
“The main reason I am posting this video is to show that whilst it was happening (and during the theft a spotlight actually went on so it was very clear) cars were passing, and definitely saw what was happening and none of them bothered to try to stop (which is possibly understandable), try to deter or even call the police. All it would have taken was one phone call,” he said.
While commentators were sympathetic, some said it was unreasonable to expect drivers speeding by to notice a robbery was taking place
“I believe these are the same guys that have been thieving around Paola for these past six months and our police officers were never able to tracked them down,” one person said. “With all due respect, don’t expect passers-by to notice that you were being robbed. First of all, cars pass by at some speed and they wouldn’t notice any activity going on. Also, if they noticed light in the shop, it could be the owner. Unless you are stuck in traffic, you will not notice anything. I’m sorry that this happened to you too, but we have been experiencing this illegal activity for the past months and nothing is being done.”