WATCH: Moment thieves snatch thousands of pounds worth of goods in Drylaw store smash and grab

CCTV footage captures two thieves breaking into a local convenience store in Drylaw by smashing the door with a hammer before making away with goods.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 7:50 am

The two thieves who are believed to be male broke into the convenience store Day-Today on Easter Drylaw Place at around midnight on Monday, April 5.

Zahid Iqbal, shop owner, claims the pair made off with around £22,000 worth of goods and caused damage to the store that will cost around £9,000 to fix.

Wearing masks, the two criminals are dressed in dark clothing including hoodies, tracksuit bottoms, trainers, and can be seen carrying blankets with them.

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An image from CCTV footage captures the two masked thieves breaking into the Day-Today convenience stores in Drylaw (Photo: Zahid Iqbal).
An image from CCTV footage captures the two masked thieves breaking into the Day-Today convenience stores in Drylaw (Photo: Zahid Iqbal).

From the footage, they can be seen crawling through an opening after damaging the store’s shutters.

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The hooded pair can then be seen breaking the shop’s glass door with what appears to be a hammer or a mallet.

They then break into the cash register, taking all the money from the drawers.

Shop owner Mr Iqbal made headlines last year after handing out hundreds of coronavirus ‘survival’ packs to elderly people in the community at the beginning of the pandemic as well as food parcels for those in need.

Mr Iqbal mentioned that there are possible local suspects following the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We were made aware of a break-in at a shop on Easter Drylaw Place in Edinburgh around 7.35am on Tuesday, 6 April.

"Entry was forced to the premises sometime over the previous night and a number of items stolen from the shop.”

Police inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is being urged to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting Incident number: 0436 of April 6.

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