Masked gang of thieves hunted by Edinburgh police over Ferniehill robbery and links to other city housebreakings over past 8 days

A masked gang of thieves is being hunted by police over a robbery in Ferniehill and possible links to other housebreakings across Edinburgh in the last eight days.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:37 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:40 pm

The latest incident involved five men forcing entry to a property in Ferniehill Grove and stealing personal items and electronic equipment, at about 7.55pm on Sunday February 28. They are believed to have made off from the address in a grey or silver Vauxhall Insignia car.

All of the suspects are described as being between 25 and 30 years old. One is thought to be about 6ft tall with a heavy build and was wearing a dark blue ski mask, dark blue Reebok hooded top and black or grey trousers.

Another of the men is described as 5ft 8ins and wearing a red ski mask with light bits, a dark hooded top and tracksuit bottoms. The other three men are described as skinny build and wearing dark blue ski masks and dark clothing.

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The robbery is being treated as having potential links to two other recent incidents in the city.

The first happened around 3.30pm on Sunday, February 21 where a report was received of three suspects, all wearing dark clothing and ski masks, forcing entry to an address on Saughton Road. They made off in what was described as a blue Vauxhall saloon car.

The other incident happened around 5pm on Wednesday, February 24 when two suspects wearing dark clothing and face masks were disturbed while attempting to force entry to a property on Sinclair Place, Gorgie.

Detective Inspector Kevin Tait of Edinburgh Division CID said: "Our enquiries into each of these incidents are ongoing and, while we are keeping an open mind, we believe they are potentially linked.

Police are hunting a masked gang in connection with a robbery in Ferniehill Grove. Pic: Google

"We would urge anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity to get in touch with us, particularly if you have seen a grey, silver or blue Vauxhall saloon car acting suspiciously in the areas. We would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam or private CCTV footage.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident 3519 of 28 February or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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