Teen robber armed with knife steals newsagent till

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a city newsagent.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a city newsagent.
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A knife wielding teenage robber has stolen a till - and all its contents - from a city newsagent.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the armed robbery, which happened around 3pm on Sunday, September 7, at the First News store on Gorgie Road.

A 26-year-old shop assistant was working inside the premises when a man came in and threatened him with a knife.

The suspect then stole the till and its contents before making off westwards along Gorgie Road. It is believed he may have travelled via the Water of Leith.

In total a four-figure sum of cash was stolen and police are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect was described as 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.

Detective Inspector Stuart Harkness said: “Fortunately the shop assistant was not injured during the incident. However, this was a very frightening expereince.

“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 enquiries.

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

Those with information can contact Police on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.