Police appeal for witnesses after man wielding machete steals £1,000 from Aberdeen shop

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a thief pulled a machete on a shop worker in an armed robbery at an Aberdeen store.

The man jumped over the counter before demanding money from the shop’s safe.

More than £1,000 was taken in the robbery, which happened at 9.20pm yesterday at RS McColl on Loirston Road, Cove.

Police launched an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Anne Robertson, deputy manager at the store, said the staff member involved was okay.

She said: “One guy came into the shop and jumped over the till and went through the back.

“I wasn’t on myself but my colleague who was on said he had a machete on him.

“He said to them that he wanted all the money in the safe. He made off down the road after it all.”

Police said the suspect is 6ft 1in, of average build and was wearing a grey jacket with a hood, blue jeans and white trainers.

There is also an appeal for the occupants of a grey car that was in the area when the robbery happened to get in touch.

A Police Scotland spokesman said the man pulled the weapon on “customers and staff and made off with a four figure sum of cash”.

He added: “It is known that a grey coloured motor car drove from Cove Road on to Loirston Road and then on to Colsea Road around the time of the incident.

“The occupants of this vehicle may have seen the male described.

“Anyone who has information regarding this crime or can suggest the identities or the person responsible or witnesses should contact 101 quoting reference number 3871 of 25/10/2017 or Crimestoppers.”

Detective Sergeant Martyn Thomson today said: “We would like to thank members of the public who have assisted us so far. Enquiries are continuing which includes the review of CCTV footage. We continue to appeal to anyone with information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious around the time of the incident to contact us.

“We would like to trace a man in connection with enquiries who is described as white, 6ft 1ins in height and of average build. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with a hood, blue jeans and black and white trainers.”

Stephen Flynn, councillor for Cove and Altens, said: “This is an extremely concerning incident and I would urge anyone with information to contact Police Scotland at the earliest possible opportunity.

“Cove and Altens rightly have a strong reputation as peaceful residential communities so I’ve no doubt that everyone will be deeply shocked.”