Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Customers Help Ram-Raided Servo Get Back to Business

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Customers Help Ram-Raided Servo Get Back to Business

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Senior journalist

DEVASTATION is the only word to describe what Glenwood servo site manager Chris Yates found when he arrived at work.

Mr Yates was responding to repeated Friday night calls from his security contractor.

He arrived to find the service station smashed and out of action after an unidentified man had ram-raided the roadhouse., which Mr Yates helps run for Pacific Petroleum.

The unidentified intruder had ploughed into the roadhouse's retail section in a white flat-tray Toyota Hilux utility, which police say had been stolen in Maryborough a couple of days before.

CCTV footage shows the driver barging and reversing the utility and smashing counters, shelves, fridges, displays and other stock and equipment.

Mr Yates says it seems the man was attempting to back the ute up to the store's ATM, but could not perform the manoeuvre successfully in the confined customer area.

At one point he alights from the vehicle, apparently to check if the ATM is bolted down.

"They all are, but he didn't know that apparently," Mr Yates said yesterday.

"You can't see his face because he was wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet at the time."

But Mr Yates had no words at all for what happened next.

"There are a lot of good people at Glenwood," he said yesterday, as he told of the spontaneous community effort which had the shop trading again by Sunday morning.

Police are looking for the man who did the damage and Mr Yates says there may be several leads.

Mr Yates says the business suffered a loss of between $100,000 and $300,000.

"I thought it would take at least five days to clean up the mess. I thought that's how long we would have to be closed.

"But we were open in one day.

"Sunday morning 6am, we were open. …

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