Masked Kirkcaldy woman robbed Esso petrol station

Karen Struthers robbed an employee at the Esso station in Kirkcaldy.
Karen Struthers robbed an employee at the Esso station in Kirkcaldy.

A masked Kirkcaldy woman robbed a petrol station but was caught by police a short time later at the town’s train station.

Karen Struthers entered the Esso garage in the town’s Abbotshall Road and went behind the counter, before demanding cash and claiming she had a weapon to a member of staff.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard the worker was finishing transferring money into a safe at around 5.20am on December 22 2020 and had left £105 in the till.

Procurator fiscal depute Jamie Hilland told the court: “The accused had her hood up and was wearing a bobble hat with two eye holes cut in it, which was pulled down, obscuring her face.

“She stood close and said: ‘Give me all the notes, I have a weapon’.”

The fiscal depute said Struthers was reaching out with a plastic bag in her left hand and had her right hand in her pocket.

‘I’m in a bad place the now’

Mr Hilland said the employee felt “scared and panicked” and opened the till and removed £105 in notes and dropped them into the bag.

The fiscal depute said Struthers then walked out quickly and went in the direction of Kirkcaldy train station.

The Esso station in Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy.
The Esso station in Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy.

The employee triggered the alarm button before calling the police.

Struthers, 48, was traced by officers at the railway station.

The court heard she tried to run off but was stopped very shortly afterwards.

The fiscal depute added: “She was detained and searched for a weapon but no weapon was recovered from her.

“On being detained her reply was: ‘I only have money, that’s all I have, don’t know why I done that. I’m in a bad place the now.’”

She was found to be holding the £105 in her right hand and police recovered the money before arresting and charging her.

Sentence deferred

Struthers pled guilty to making a demand for money, uttering a threatening remark and robbing the woman, then in the course of her employment, at the Esso Wemyssfield service station on December 22 2020.

The court heard Struthers, of Balfour Street in Kirkcaldy, had no previous convictions.

Sheriff Ian Anderson adjourned sentencing until June 30 for the production of background reports.

Struthers was released on bail.

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