Highlands & Islands

Thief wearing helmet robs Inverness betting shop

A betting shop has been robbed of a four figure sum of money by a thief who was wearing a motorbike helmet and fled the scene on a bicycle.

Police Scotland said the Ladbrokes premises in Balloan Road, Inverness, was targeted at about 21:20 on Monday.

The man, who was believed to have had a knife, demanded money from a member of staff.

The member of staff was shaken but uninjured in the incident. Police have appealed for information.

The man being sought by police was wearing a white, open-faced helmet with flashes of colour and a red oval badge on the front.

He also had a grey scarf covering the lower part of his mouth and nose.

High visibility patrols

Police said he was described as white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 11in tall and of average build. He had heavy eyebrows and appeared to be unshaven. He was believed to have spoken with a local accent.

He was wearing black and yellow gloves, a grey blouson-style waterproof jacket, blue trousers and green trainers.

The bike was dark coloured with areas of white on it.

DCI Michael Sutherland said: "Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of this incident.

"Crimes of this nature are relatively rare in Inverness and we are carrying out high visibility patrols in the Hilton and surrounding area to provide reassurance to the public."

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