POLICE are hunting an armed thief after a pistol was stolen from specialist gun shop.
The weapon, which was taken from Field and Stream on Montrose Terrace in Edinburgh, is believed to have been stolen in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police have described the theft as “unusual”, and are investigating as to whether the valuable weapon may have been stolen to order.
The antique sporting pistol, worth around £660, is live and was previously used to put down racing horses.
The valuable weapon, which is 16 inches long, with a long, eight inch barrel, is a collectors’ item and dates back to around 1840.The shop’s owner opened up to find the item missing, along with a quantity of jewellery.
Lothian and Borders Police said that they are looking into “all possibilities” surrounding the theft.
A police spokesman said: “This is a particularly unusual item to have been stolen and we are eager to speak to anyone with information that can help us return it to the store.
“Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious around 4am on Montrose Terrace is asked to contact police immediately.”