Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police search for pawn shop robbers

Duncanson and Edwards Pawn Shop Image copyright Google
Image caption The robbers used an axe to smash display cabinets in the shop

Police are searching for two thieves who raided a pawn shop armed with an axe.

The men used the tool to smash glass display cabinets at the store on Edinburgh's Queen Street.

They then snatched watches, rings and other jewellery.

They made off on mountain bikes following the robbery at Duncanson and Edwards Pawn Shop, which happened at about 17:00 on Wednesday.

Police said the suspects wore identical hooded tops, with their hoods pulled up to hide their faces.

The tops were described as light grey with a black chequered pattern and black sleeves.

'Distressing experience'

The man with the axe wore a baseball cap with a light blue peak and the second man had distinctive black and white footwear.

Det Sgt Bob Richardson from Police Scotland said: "Thankfully no one was seriously injured during this incident however it was a distressing experience for those who were in the shop at the time.

"It happened on one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh at a time when there were a lot of people on the move and we know it would have been witnessed by a number of people.

"I am directly appealing to anyone who saw the disturbance at the pawn shop or who saw the push bikes as they made their way through the city to get in touch."