A Winchburgh filling station which has been the subject of two previous armed robberies has been targeted again.
A man threatened a petrol station worker with an axe before escaping with a three-figure sum of money and a quantity of cigarettes.
The robbery happened at the Murco owned and operated Glendevon filling station in Linlithgow Road, Winchburgh, just after 7pm on sunday evening.
The male employee on duty was not hurt but was extremely traumatised by the incident.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A man has been arrested and charged following an armed robbery from a filling station in Winchburgh on Sunday February 16.’’
Councillor Alex Davidson, a ward councillor for Winchburgh said: “This is a sad reflection on society where people are so desperate for money that they are turning to crime. That doesn’t make it right however, and this must have been terrifying for the staff involved. The filling station is vulnerable due to it’s location as it sits on its own on the outskirts of the village.”
Patricia Haylock, legal services director for Murco said: “Our stated policy is that personal safety should always take precedence.
“We advise all staff to take no risks whatsoever and simply hand over whatever is requested.
‘‘We keep all doors locked outwith normal daytime trading hours and a ‘night pay’ window is in use thereafter.”
Mrs Haylock also said: “Thankfully the person on duty was not physically harmed but was obviously shaken up and distressed by the incident.
“We are always open to considering whether there are other safety improvements which can be made at our stations, as staff safety is absolutely paramount at all times over everything else.”
Dylan Nicholson, 21, from Livingston, appeared on petition in private at Livingston Sheriff Court on Tuesday before Sheriff Martin Edington.
Nicholson, a former Winchburgh resident was arrested by police officers investigating an allegation that a male armed with an axe stole a three-figure sum of money and a quantity of cigarettes from the Glendevon filling station in Winchburgh on Sunday evening.
Nicholson made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody pending further inquiries. He is expected to make a second appearance next week.