Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thief forces driver out of car in Edinburgh

Dumbiedykes Road Image copyright Google
Image caption The incident happened at about 19:00 on Monday in Dumbiedykes Road

A thief who forced a driver out of his car before driving off with it is being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 19:00 on Monday in Dumbiedykes Road in the centre of Edinburgh.

The 47-year-old victim was sitting in his Ford Mondeo outside Lochview Court when a man open the front door of the car and threatened him.

The thief then demanded he leave the vehicle before driving off in the stolen car.

The man in the car was uninjured and his Mondeo was recovered in the early hours of Tuesday in the city's Drylaw area.

Finger splint

Officers have been pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and are appealing for witnesses.

The thief was described as white, mid to late 20s, about 5ft 10ins, of a medium to stocky build with short light-brown slightly curly hair.

He was wearing a light blue hooded top, loose fitting cotton trousers and had a splint on his left index finger.

Det Con John McShane said: "Fortunately the victim was not injured during the incident, but was left very shaken at what was a frightening experience.

"We believe there may have been a number of people in the area at the time and anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or who has information relevant to this investigation is asked to get in touch."

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