Police release rogues gallery of armed robbers

Police hope the man in the Lothian Road branch of William Hill will be recognised

A ROGUES gallery of armed robbers has been released by a Scottish police force.

Lothian and Borders Police have released CCTV images from various bookmakers and off-licences in Edinburgh to try identify those responsible.

Between June and October last year, seven robberies have taken place within Edinburgh business’.

On each occasion staff were threatened with a handgun before the thieves made off with cash from the tills and safes.

The CCTV images released today capture the robberies taking place and each show a man making a demand for money.

Police are keeping an open mind as to whether these robberies are linked and anyone who recognises the person or people within these images is urged to come forward.

Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney said: “In each of these robberies, a man walks into the premises, produces a handgun and robs the store of its takings.

“The CCTV footage we have obtained does not conclusively prove the same individual is responsible for these crimes and so the assistance of the public is vital for identifying the suspect, or indeed, suspects.

“There was approximately a six week gap between the robberies in June and those in August and then roughly another six week gap between the last incident, which happened in October.

“This may or may not be significant and so we are eager to hear from anyone who can assist us with the various lines of enquiry we are following at this time.”


The armed robberies took place at the following locations:


* Appellation Wines, Dalry Road (2nd June)

* Meadows Wine, Melville Drive (3rd June)

* Spirited Wines, North West Circus Place (13th June)

* William Hill, Leith Walk (3rd August)

* Ladbrokes, West Maitland Street (12th August)

* William Hill, Lothian Road (29th August)

* Ladbrokes, Home Street (22nd October)


William Hill, Leith Walk was targeted on August 3
Spirited Wines was robbed on June 13
The Spirited Wines robber had a blue rucksack
The Meadows Wine robber hit under a grey hat
Staff were threatened with a gun
The Ladbrokes robber covered his face
Ladbrokes was targeted on August 12

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