Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Masked thief makes knifepoint robbery in Edinburgh shop

A masked thief who made a knifepoint robbery at an Edinburgh shop is being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 20:40 on Sunday at the Day Today shop in Boswall Parkway.

A 23-year-old man was working behind the counter when the thief demanded money.

He jumped over the counter and stole a plastic box containing a three-figure sum of cash and international telephone cards worth £200.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

The thief is white 20 to 30-years-old, between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 5ins tall and of stocky build.

He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, light-coloured trousers, black Converse-style trainers and a black balaclava covering his face.

Constable Alistair McLeod, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This was a frightening experience for everyone within the store and we are conducting local enquiries to identify the suspect.

"A male matching his description was then seen within a garden in Pilton Avenue at about 21:00 before making off.

"We are now asking anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in either Boswall Parkway or Pilton Avenue on Sunday evening to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our investigation is also urged to come forward."

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