Armed robbers on Monday failed to make away with money at Nkhata Bay Puma Filling Station after a security guard at the premises alerted police.
According to an official at the service station, the robbers tied the guard with ropes and entered the office through the roof.
The official said while the thugs were trying to open a cash chest in the office, another security guard appeared on the scene. He said the second guard was also attacked by the thugs, but he managed to escape and went to inform the police about the robbery.
The official said when the police arrived, the thugs had vanished, leaving behind some weapons they used to break into the office.
Nkhata Police spokesperson Ignatius Esau said the suspected robbers, who are yet to be identified, escaped arrest by jumping into Lake Malawi. The thugs left behind craw-bars, cutters, pangas, a hacksaw and screwdrivers. Filling stations have become targets of robbers and millions of kwacha have been stolen from such premises, both during the day and in the night. n