‘Brazen’ cigarette theft from moving Co-Op lorry

A Scotmid lorry was targeted. Pic: Greg Macvean
A Scotmid lorry was targeted. Pic: Greg Macvean
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A THIEF was seen to jump from the rear of a moving supermarket lorry with bags of cigarettes as it travelled through Edinburgh.

Police are investigating after the man was spotted jumping from the Co-Op truck which was delivering to Scotmid at around 1.20pm yesterday in Drum Brae Avenue.

A passing motorist alerted the lorry driver and it was found that around £3,500 worth of cigarettes had been taken.

The suspect is described as white, slim, and wearing dark clothing, a woolly hat and gloves.

Chief Inspector Murray Dykes said: “This is a brazen theft that has taken place in broad daylight and required the male responsible to escape from a moving vehicle.

“Anyone who was in the Drum Brae Avenue area on Sunday afternoon and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

“In addition, anyone who can help police trace this male is also asked to get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.