Shopworker shaken after knife thug’s violent raid

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A TERRIFIED shopworker believed he would be killed by an armed thief who ripped out a cash register in a daylight robbery of a city newsagent.

Footage of the raid – which was captured in full on CCTV – shows a hooded man prowling around the Gorgie store before lunging at the 26-year-old with a huge kitchen knife.

The hooded robber can be seen threatening the shopkeeper with a large kitchen knife in this CCTV image. Picture: contributed

The hooded robber can be seen threatening the shopkeeper with a large kitchen knife in this CCTV image. Picture: contributed

The shop assistant, who declined to be named, is stabbed in the hand as he defends himself from the attack before leaping over the counter to flee the knife-wielding thief.

“I thought he wanted to kill me,” he said.

The robber is then filmed smashing the till with the bottom of his knife before tearing the entire register off the counter and casually walking off down Gorgie Road.

It is thought he escaped with £1500 from the First News store.

The shaken shop assistant said the robber had come into the shop with a “weird look” at 3pm on Sunday but that the life-threatening attack had “come as a surprise”. “When he thought I wasn’t looking, he came at me and he just stunned me – I wasn’t looking at him, I was somewhere else mentally,” he said.

“I raised my hands and he cut them. I told him I would give him the money but he wasn’t listening.

“The way he looked . . . he wanted to do some damage to me. I thought he wanted to kill me.”

Seizing his moment, the shop worker jumped over the till and made his escape.

“I thought it was better to save my life,” he said.

The thief was seen sauntering towards the Water of Leith with the cash register tucked under his arm.

It was later recovered near a bridge over the Water of Leith to the north of Gorgie Road, not far from the large kitchen knife he used to cut the hands of the shop assistant.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after conducting thorough 
investigations into the crime.
Detective Inspector Stuart Harkness said it was fortunate the shop worker was not badly injured in the attack which he described as a “very frightening experience”.

He said: “At the time of the offence there were a number of cyclists in the area who had just completed the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle and these individuals may have information that can assist with our inquiries.

“If anyone saw a male acting suspiciously or fitting the description of the suspect they are asked to contact police immediately.”

The suspect is described as being white, in his late teens with a skinny build and reddish brown hair.

He was wearing a blue hooded top and spoke with a local accent.

The violent hold-up at the First News store comes months after CCTV footage captured a “lazy” thief robbing a takeaway on Gorgie Road after leaving a premises just across the road.

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com