A manhunt is underway following the alleged armed robbery of a service station at Dee Why.

Just after 7.15pm tonight (Saturday, 15 April), NSW Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the United Petroleum Dee Why service station at the corner of The Strand, Dee Why, and Pacific Parade.

Dee Why service station robbery

Upon arrival, officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command were told by a male employee of the service station that an unknown male, who was allegedly brandishing a firearm, threatened the employee before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Dee Why service station robbery

With several NSW Police units responding to the scene, including an Inspector and the Dog Unit, the area was quickly cordoned off and a crime scene was established.

Dee Why service station robbery

Detectives were seen investigating the area, and the employee pointed across Pacific Parade, which led investigators to a unit complex on the corner of Cassia Street. The suspect appears to have fled down a driveway in the unit complex, which has exits on other streets.

Dee Why service station robbery

The unit complex was also established as a crime scene, with police seen sealing off and investigating the various exits. The man does not appear to have been caught at the scene.

Dee Why service station robbery

Crime scene investigators were observed photographing and taking evidence at the service station. Police with evidence bags were also seen returning from the unit complex.

Dee Why service station robbery

At this stage, police have not released a description of the man, but it is likely that he will have been captured on the service station’s CCTV. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

A NSW Police spokesperson asked that anyone with information about the alleged robbery or the identity of the suspect contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Luke Gavahan

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NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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