Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thieves hold up Edinburgh shop to steal cigarettes

A gang of thieves who held up a shopkeeper before stealing cigarettes from an Edinburgh shop are being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 11:00 on Saturday at the Marionville Newsagent in Marionville Road.

A 63-year-old man was working alone in the shop when a thief entered and threatened him.

A second man then helped him steal the cigarettes while a third man kept look out.

All three then ran off into Dalgety Avenue.

Suspicious activity

The first thief is white, 25 to 30 years old, 5ft 10ins and of medium build. He was wearing a black beanie hat, black gloves, black top with white toggle, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second thief is white, 17 to 19 years old, 5ft 7ins and of slim build. He was wearing a dark coloured top with hood, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

The third thief is white, 17 to 19 years old, 5ft 7ins and has dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top with "OSAKA" written on the front, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

Det Sgt Graham Grant, of Police Scotland, said: "The member of staff was not injured during this incident, however is understandably shaken up.

"We are keen to trace the suspects as soon as possible and would ask members of the public to get in touch if they remember seeing any suspicious activity in or around the Marionville Road area on Saturday morning.

"Anyone who can help us identify the male responsible for this robbery is also asked to contact police immediately."

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