Police are hunting a robber and investigating an alleged assault after frightening incidents at a pair of petrol stations in the Falkirk area.
Officers are on the trail of the man who threatened staff and robbed the Murco Bowhouse Service Station on the B805 at Maddiston just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Described as white, around 5ft 10ins and dressed in black, the man made off with a four figure sum.
Less than 12 hours before the Maddiston robbery a petrol station in Grangemouth was the scene of the aftermath of an alleged assault.
The incident, which police are currently investigating, took place near the BP garage off Earlsgate roundabout at 2.30 a.m.
Staff at the station would not comment on the matter, but it is believed the actual assault may have taken place elsewhere and then two young people, one of them bleeding heavily, turned up in a taxi at the petrol station to use the cash machine.
Speaking yesterday, a BP spokesman said: “We can confirm no incident happened inside the BP shop or on the forecourt. Police were called and they are currently looking through our CCTV footage.”
Meanwhile, officers have also been busy tracking down thieves who used a fishing rod to pinch car keys in order to steal high performance cars from the Redding and Falkirk area. Three men from the Strathclyde area appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Monday in relation to nine offences of housebreaking.