Robber raids Edinburgh shop armed with a hammer

The robbery took place on Nicolson Street. Picture: Google
The robbery took place on Nicolson Street. Picture: Google
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A HAMMER-WIELDING robber raided a city centre pawnbroker just hours after attempting to rob from a currency exchange shop.

The incident took place at H&T Pawnbrokers on Nicolson Street at around 2.40pm on Wednesday.

The lone robber threatened staff before smashing a number of window display cases and stealing several high value watches and gold jewellery.

He fled on foot, running south along Nicolson Street before turning into Gibbs Close.

Detectives are linking the robbery with an attempted raid on the No.1 Currency store on the High Street on Wednesday morning.

The suspect is described as around 25-30 years-old, with a medium build and 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall.

He was wearing black jogging bottoms, a black hooded top pulled up tight around his face and spoke with a local accent.

He is also believed to have been wearing goggles or a facemask and dark blue Nike Air Max 95 trainers.

Detective Inspector Grant Johnston of Police Scotland said: “We believe this incident and the attempted robbery on the High Street were carried out by the same individual due to the nature of the crime and the description of the suspect.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I appeal to anyone who was in the area of Nicholson Street around the time of this incident who saw the man or has information relevant to our investigation to please get in touch.

“Thankfully, the actions of this individual did not result in any physical harm to the staff but it was undoubtedly a traumatic experience for them to go through.”

Anyone with information that can assist police with their ongoing enquiries can contact the non-emergency number 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.