Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Elderly pair robbed in their Edinburgh home by gang of five men

An elderly brother and sister have been robbed in their Edinburgh home by a gang of five men wearing balaclavas.

The incident happened at about 18:45 on Sunday in McLaren Terrace in Haymarket.

The pair in their 80s, answered a knock at the door from a man in a balaclava, who claimed to be there to check the gas supply.

Four men burst in and held the pair in a room while they searched the house. They made off with a three-figure sum of money.

While the victims were not physically harmed, the woman was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Terrifying ordeal

The main thief, who made the initial call at the door, is 6ft tall, dark skinned, in his 30s, with an Edinburgh accent and he was wearing dark jacket and trousers.

The other men were all 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing.

Det Sgt John Graham, from Police Scotland, said: "While both victims weren't physically harmed, this was still a terrifying ordeal for them to be subjected to, particularly given their age, and the lady had to receive hospital treatment for the effects of shock.

"We have launched an investigation in order to trace those responsible, and we are appealing for any information that can assist our inquiries.

"Anyone who was in the area of McLaren Terrace at about 18:45 on Sunday, who saw a group of men acting suspiciously there, should contact police.

"Likewise, anyone else who has any information that they think can help our inquiries should also get in touch."

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