Man in lipstick and skirt robs servo

A man wearing red lipstick, a blonde wig and skirt has robbed a Melbourne service station with a homemade machine gun.

Police are yet to catch the cross-dressing bandit who made off with $300 during the hold-up in Taylors Hill last Monday.

Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Willey says the man, who also wore a ladies hat that would be appropriate at the races, isn't very convincing at frocking up and he hopes someone will recognise him or the clothing from CCTV footage.

"It's obviously a disguise to try and avoid apprehension," Det Sgt Willey told reporters.

"He still looked like a male at the time."

The man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was wearing full make-up and red lipstick, police said.

Carrying a bag to hold his homemade gun, he walked into the service station at 7.30pm, wandered over to a drink fridge before approaching the female cashier at the counter and asking for a packet of cigarettes.

He then pulled out the machine gun and demanded cash before calmly walking out of the store with the money.

"He's just casually walked in, got the cash and left," Det Sgt Willey said.

Police believe the firearm, which had the word 'nine' printed on the magazine clip, was fake.

Det Sgt Willey said the service station clerk was left shaken after the ordeal.

"Any type of firearm being waved in your face is obviously going to be terrifying," he said.

Customers were in the store at the time, but no one was injured.

Police say the man is Caucasian in appearance, about 183cm tall with a prominent nose and solid build.

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