Three men hunted after knife raids on Aberdeen shops
Police are hunting three men they believe carried out two armed raids on shops in Aberdeen.
The first happened at the RS McColls store in Bervie Brow in the Cove area on Thursday 3 January. The second was at the Spar store on North Deeside Road, Peterculter, on Friday.
In both, three men threatened staff with bladed weapons and demanded cash.
Police said they believed the raids were linked and have appealed for information.
The suspects in the two robberies were described as between 18-25 years of age, between 5ft 10in - 6ft tall, all of medium build.
All were wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured trainers. Two of the men were wearing grey hooded tops, while the third was wearing a black jacket.
Det Insp Lorna Ferguson, from Grampian Police, said: "Fortunately, no-one has been injured during these robberies, but they were clearly a frightening incident for all the staff involved.
"Incidents of this kind are relatively rare in Grampian and we would like to reassure the public that we are working to apprehend the suspects.
"Given the circumstances, we believe the robberies to be linked, however we are keeping an open mind as we conduct our inquiries."