Masked raiders were being hunted by police today after they threatened staff at an Aberdeen bookmakers during a robbery.
The pair went into the Coral shop in Aberdeen’s Cornhill Shopping Arcade on Foresterhill Road and demanded workers behind the counter hand over cash and threatened violence.
Staff complied and handed out what police have described as a small quantity of cash before the robbers fled.
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Now, detectives have launched a probe into the raid, which happened at 6.45pm yesterday, and are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
It is not yet known if customers were in the shop at the time.
Detective Sergeant Sam Harris said: “Fortunately no one was injured during this incident.
“However, the members of staff who were working at the time have naturally been left shaken.”
Police are looking to study CCTV footage from the bookmakers, from neighbouring shops and from dashcams of passing vehicles.
One of the raiders was described as a man, around 6ft 3in, with a large build. He spoke with a Scottish accent.
His face was masked – as was the face of his accomplice – and police are not yet sure if they were a man or a woman.
They are described as 5ft 6in. They also spoke with a Scottish accent.
Det Sgt Harris added: “We are urging anyone with information or who saw anything unusual or suspicious in the area at the time to contact us on 101 using reference number CF0253931018.”
In October 2016, the shop was targeted by raiders who held a knife to a staff member’s throat.
Offenders got away with £2,800 of takings.
Two men, both from Liverpool, were convicted of armed robbery with one sentenced to five years and the other