Tied up, left to die
Fire destroys Mt Lambie servo after
owner bashed, bound and robbed
PASSING motorists have rescued the Mount Lambie Service Station owner after he was tied up by two robbers and the business set on fire last night (Saturday), causing $1.5 million damage.
Police say the 56-year-old owner was counting the day’s takings inside his adjoining residence about 10pm when he answered a knock at the back door.
He was confronted by two unknown men who assaulted him and forced him to the ground, before binding his hands.
The thieves then entered the service station before fleeing in a vehicle.
Shortly afterwards the victim realised the building was on fire, police say.
Passing motorists on the Great Western Highway stopped and rendered assistance to the man.
Police, Fire and Rescue New South Wales personnel and NSW Ambulance paramedics sped to the scene.
Fire-fighters battled the blaze but were unable to save the service station.
The damage bill is estimated at $1.5million.
Detectives and forensics experts are examining the scene.
The victim was taken to Bathurst Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the Mt Lambie Service Station last night, is urged to contact Chifley Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.