Gunman robs Rubis station

A man entered a Rubis service station on Prince Charles Drive on Sunday after 10 p.m., pulled out a handgun, demanded cash and fled the scene, police reported.

Surveillance footage obtained by The Nassau Guardian shows a man, of dark complexion, wearing a white camouflage bucket hat, cargo shorts and a t-shirt with the text “Big Wave World Tour”, exit the backseat of a silver Honda car and enter the store.

Once inside, the man, who was not wearing a mask, threw an empty bag toward the cashier and pulled a gun out of his pocket.

He gestured for the man to fill the bag as he held the gun sideways and close to the counter. All the while, he kept glancing at the exit.

Once he got the money, the gunman headed to the exit where another man held the door open for him, the footage shows.

He then entered the Honda, which sped off.

In all, the robbery lasted less than 90 seconds.

Ryan Eve, 28, operator of the store, said yesterday that staff are obviously shaken up.

“It’s very disturbing,” he said.

“I know around this time there’s a lot going on. You know, Christmas season is upon us so persons are looking for that extra cash. We have to be mindful.

“We have to be assertive and just keep watch. This is the time for this now. [I]t was just a shocking scene, you know, it happening last night.”

Eve said he was at the gas station an hour before the incident.

He said things were very busy.

“Like I said, it happened around 10:30 p.m.,” Eve said.

“Around that time, we’re 30 minutes from closing. You know, at 11 p.m. we’re closed. So, the guys, the pump attendants, they were not even alert as to what was going on inside.”

He said his family has owned the gas station for more than 20 years.

Eve recalled seven robberies that have happened at that location.

None of the perpetrators were ever caught, according to Eve.

Since October, nearly every day on New Providence, at least one person was the victim of an armed robbery.

Between September 1 and November 15, there were 59 armed robberies on New Providence, according to numbers provided by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

There were 16 in September, 30 in October and 14 as of Friday.

While the robberies are in the daily crime reports, police have not raised any alarm on the incidents.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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