Enquiries after Forfar robbery

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Police in Forfar are carrying out enquiries after a man threatened staff at the Co-Op store in Dundee Road, on Sunday night (November 3) before stealing a three-figure sum of cash from a till.

The man was first seen acting suspiciously in the store at about 9.40 p.m. He was loitering around the shopping aisles and the till area, before leaving and walking away along Dundee Road. The same re-entered the store minutes later.

He was about six feet tall and wore a blue hat and a blue scarf that covered his face. He also wore a dark-coloured jacket that had two breast pockets and epaulettes, grey trousers or tracksuit bottoms, as well as red trainers with white laces and white trim.

The man came up to the till, vaulted the counter and threatened the 25-year-old female member of staff with a spirit bottle, before demanding that she open the till.

He then stole the cash and ran off leaving the staff member shocked but unhurt.

Officers are carrying out an extensive review of public and private CCTV in the town, as well as carrying out door-to-door enquiries. A forensic examination has also been carried out at the scene.

Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop of Tayside Division said: “This was one of two very serious, but totally unrelated, incidents which were under police enquiry over the weekend in Forfar.

“While the other incident has been detected with a man appearing at court today, we are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the person responsible for this crime. To this end, our officers will be in the community around the Co-op Store, stopping and speaking with people to see if they have information that could help us.

“Someone will know the person responsible and we would urge them to get in touch. While no one was injured during this robbery, staff were understandably extremely distressed by this man’s actions and we are determined to have him in our custody at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone who can assist enquiries should call Police Scotland on 101 or speak to any officer.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.