Tollcross: Man abducted and forced to reopen store in ‘targeted Scotmid robbery’

A shopworker was pushed into a car and driven back to his workplace by two robbers who forced him to open the store before stealing a four-figure sum.

Monday, 10th January 2022, 7:06 pm

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following an abduction and robbery which saw suspects steal a four-figure sum from a Tollcross supermarket.

It is believed the victim was followed down the street before being taken and threatened by men in a stolen car.

The incident took place around 10.45pm on Thursday, January 6, when a 24-year-old man was approached by two men while walking home from work along Spey Street near Leith Walk.

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Police are appealing for information.

They forced him into a blue Volkswagen Tiguan car and drove him back to the Scotmid where he had just finished a shift in Leven Street.

They threatened him and made him open the premises for them.

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The suspects proceeded to steal a four-figure sum of cash from the store before driving away at around 11.25pm.

Tollcross: Man abducted and forced to reopen store in ‘targeted Scotmid robbery’

Officers investigating the incident found the Tiguan, which was bearing registration number SF08 WPU, alight within Lochend Park, next to the basketball court.

It has been established that the vehicle was stolen from a break-in at at the Maybury Car Sales in Turnhouse on December 12 last year.

Detective Inspector Kevin Tait from Edinburgh Division CID, commented on the incident, saying: “We believe that this was a targeted attack and that those responsible had been following the victim prior to approaching him and forcing him to allow them entry to his place of work.

“While this was a very frightening experience for him, thankfully he was uninjured and we are now pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to trace the suspects.

“If you recognise their description, or believe you have seen the Volkswagen Tiguan, either in the hours surrounding this incident, or in the last few weeks, then please contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with any other information is also asked to come forward.”

Those with information can contact Edinburgh CID via 101 and quote incident number 3131 of 6 January 2022.

Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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