Glasgow & West Scotland

Staff tied up during copper raid on Ibrox firm

Police have appealed for witnesses after thieves tied up employees and stole copper from a business in Glasgow's Ibrox area.

Two members of staff at an air conditioning firm on Dava Street were restrained and forced into a room between 17:30 and 19:00 on Wednesday.

Two men loaded copper into a blue Iveco van and made off down Broomloan Road.

The van was found abandoned in Cambuslang Road, Rutherglen, at about 03:30.

Police said the two male employees, aged 24 and 33, were not injured but were left very shaken by the incident.

Det Insp Alan McAlpine said: "Thankfully the two men were not physically injured, however, this was an incredibly harrowing and very frightening experience for them both.

"The two suspects knew what they were doing and had no issues with intimidating the two employees by holding them against their will.

"Officers are currently checking CCTV from the area and are making inquiries with local businesses.

"We know that the two suspects were seen leaving the yard in their van around 23:30 and that it was recovered in Rutherglen about 03:30 hours this morning.

"We need to establish where the van was between leaving the yard and being abandoned in Rutherglen."

One of the suspects is said to have an Irish accent, and was wearing a green or khaki jacket with a hood, dark trousers, a hat and a mask, or possibly a balaclava.

Police said the other suspect was wearing dark clothing and had an English accent.

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