Shop held up at knifepoint

RS McColl's, where a four figure sum was stolen on April 15, 2012
RS McColl's, where a four figure sum was stolen on April 15, 2012
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TWO shop workers have been left traumatised after they were held up at knifepoint in an Armadale shop.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the knifepoint robbery of a four-figure sum from a newsagent on Sunday night, April 15..

The incident happened around 9.35pm, at a branch of RS McColls in West Main Street.

A man walked in armed with a knife and threatened two female members of staff. He forced them to empty the shop’s safe, and escaped with a four-figure sum of cash.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, with a medium build. He wore a black jumper, tracksuit trousers, and his face was covered with a blue woollen hat and striped scarf. He spoke with a local accent.

Following the robbery the suspect fled across West Main Street and down a lane leading to Hailstones Crescent.

A police spokesman said: “Thankfully the two women weren’t injured during the incident, nonetheless they were left shaken as a result of the ordeal they were put through by the suspect.

“We want anyone who was in the area of West Main Street last night, who either saw the suspect entering or leaving the premises, or noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area, to contact police.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information that can assist out inquiries, should also get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

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