Armed gang wore white boiler suits in bookie raid

Alan O'Brien is looking for witnesses. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Alan O'Brien is looking for witnesses. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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A gang in white paper boiler suits and dust masks threatened a young bookmaker with a gun and hammer before stealing a four-figure sum of cash.

The 21-year-old man was left shaken but unhurt after the three men burst in to Ladbrokes on Portobello High Street on Monday night.

Customers looked on in shock as the trio brandished the weapons at the employee and demanded he hand over money at around 8pm. One of the robbers was holding a dark handgun while another was carrying a metallic mallet-style hammer.

A getaway driver raced them away from the scene in a black Audi A1 car, which was later abandoned in Danderhall.

Police say the incident is not linked to an armed robbery, also involving a handgun, at Laing jewellers in Frederick Street on Monday morning.

Detective Inspector Alan O’Brien said of the Ladbrokes incident: “Thankfully, the staff member was not injured during this robbery, but this was a terrifying experience, which left him understandably shaken.”

The getaway driver made off eastwards towards Brunstane Road, before turning towards Milton Road East.

DI O’Brien said it was “unusual” that the two gang members who were carrying the weapons were wearing paper boiler suits.

They were spotted getting out of the Audi A1 with the two other suspects at Danderhall’s Stuart Grove, before running towards a lane leading to Arthur View at around 8.10pm.

The vehicle has since been recovered by police for forensic examination and officers are scouring CCTV footage of Ladbrokes and the wider Portobello High Street area. The small number of customers who were in the bookmakers at the time of the raid have given statements to police.

DI O’Brien added: “Police will have a high-visibility presence while we conduct our investigation and we are eager to speak to anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Portobello High Street area on Monday evening.”

The three men who went into the bookmakers are all described as white men in their 20s with local accents.

The first suspect – who was carrying the gun – is around 5ft 6in tall with a slim build and was wearing a white paper boiler suit with the hood up, a black balaclava, black trainers with white soles, and black gloves.

The second is over 6ft tall with a medium to stocky build and was wearing an orange or red hooded top with the hood up, white dust mask, black sunglasses, light-coloured trousers, dark shoes and black gloves.

And the third man, who was holding the hammer, is over 6ft tall with a medium to stocky build and was also wearing a boiler suit with the hood up, white dust mask and dark shoes.