Masked raiders who robbed an Aberdeen bookies dropped cash as they fled the scene on foot.
Eyewitnesses said banknotes from the raid on the William Hill shop in Summerhill were seen fluttering in the air as the two men raced across a busy road.
A major police probe has been launched into what was the second raid on a city bookmaker in less than 48 hours.
Detectives are keeping an open mind about whether the incidents – just a mile apart – were related, but admitted they shared similarities.
A number of customers were in the Summerhill Court shop when two men, thought to be in their late 20s and dressed in black, entered at around 11.10am yesterday.
It is understood less than £200 was taken. Shop bosses said no one was hurt, but described the incident as “upsetting”.
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Witnesses outside the shop saw the raiders making their getaway across the Lang Stracht towards nearby flats, inset.
A woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I hope everyone is OK.
“They dropped money as they came out and it was blowing up in the air with the wind. I hope they are caught, whoever did this.”
Detective Chief Inspector Lorna Ferguson said the raid could be linked to one on Monday, when two masked raiders threatened violence against staff of the Coral shop in Cornhill Shopping Arcade.
She said: “We are keeping an open mind as to whether there is a link between this and Monday’s incident.
“We are conscious that there are some similarities. This is an extremely rare thing to happen in Aberdeen. We have extensive inquiries going on and we have deployed a team of detectives to work on the investigation.
“Officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries, gathering witness statements and are looking to study any CCTV images of the area.
“This was a distressing incident for shop staff and for members of the public involved.”
Gerard Davies, head of retail security at William Hill, said: “I can confirm that our colleague was not physically hurt during the incident and while it is an upsetting event for anyone to be subjected to, I would commend her for the calm manner in which she dealt with the incident.”
A member of the public who lives near Summerhill Shopping Centre, but did not wish to be named, said: “It is horrible that something like this has happened, especially when another bookies was robbed just a couple of days ago.
“It makes you wonder what type of people would do something like this.”
Another, who did not want to give her name, said: “It is shocking. You don’t like to hear about a robbery on your doorstep. I hope police catch the people who have done this and that everyone is OK.”
Detective Inspector John Swanney, who will be leading the investigation, said: “Thankfully no one was hurt or injured but it would have been distressing nonetheless for those involved and the other people who were in the shop at the time.”