TWO shopkeepers were left terrified after being threatened at knifepoint in two separate attacks within half an hour in Fife.
At around 6.45am today (Tue) a man believed to be in his 20s entered a newsagent in St Kilda Crescent, in the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy.
He threatened the shopkeeper with a knife and demanded money, but after becoming spooked he left the premises empty-handed.
The man is described as being 5ft 10ins tall and of a slim build, and he was wearing a cream coloured hooded top, a black scarf, jogging bottoms and dark shoes.
Then, at about 7.15am a man holding a knife entered Carlton Bakers in Dunearn Drive, also in the Templehall area, and made off with a quantity of cash.
He is also believed to be around 5ft 10ins tall and in his early 20s, with long brown hair and a slim build.
He was wearing a camouflage patterned jacket, jogging bottoms and dark shoes.
No one was injured in the attacks, and while police are treating both incidents separately, they have not ruled out the possibility they may have been linked.
Detective Sergeant Colin Robson of Kirkcaldy CID said: “This was a frightening experience for the staff members and fortunately nobody was injured.
“We are investigating both incidents separately however cannot rule out that they are linked as the description of the male responsible is similar.
“We have extra officers dedicated to investigating these crimes and have increased high visibility foot patrols in the area and would appeal for anyone with information to contact Fife Constabulary on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”