Police urge neighbours to check CCTV after robbery

POLICE hunting a gang who tied up a city family and ransacked their upmarket home are appealing for neighbours’ CCTV to help with the investigation.

The couple, named today as Patrick Lam, 58, and his wife Timmy, 48, were attacked on Friday night after three men wearing balaclavas and brandishing knives forced their way into their Barnton home.

Around £5000 in cash was stolen as well as £15,000 worth of jewellery and other personal items from the couple, who are of Chinese descent. The raid left the pair “terrified”.

Officers hope other homeowners in Barnton Avenue West, renowned for its gated homes and lavish security measures, will be able to help find the culprits by analysing their own CCTV.

Residents yesterday spoke of their shock at the attack on the married couple, who are understood to have made their fortune working in retail.


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DI Gordon McCreadie said a team of at least 20 officers were working on the case, a number that could be increased, adding that the help of residents living in the cul-de-sac was crucial.

The three attackers – two of whom spoke with foreign accents – waited for the 48-year-old Mrs Lam to return home from work at around 9.30pm, forcing her into the home.

Her 58-year-old husband also came back from work a short time later, at which point they were tied up while the thieves went through the home.

Police said the money they stole was in a mix of currencies, including Hong Kong dollars, Chinese yuan and euros.


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Around ten minutes after the thieves made off, the couple were able to free themselves and alert authorities.