Cops hunt rob­ber who as­saulted shop­keeper

CCTV im­ages stud­ied in a bid to track down cul­prit

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Po­lice are hunt­ing a man who bru­tally at­tacked a shop worker in Ruther­glen dur­ing a rob­bery last week.

Around 8pm on Tues­day, July 14, a man went into the News Di­rect store in the town’s Hamil­ton Road.

He threat­ened the male shop­keeper with a knife then as­saulted him. The sus­pect then ran off with a three-fig­ure sum of cash from the shop to­wards Ward­law Drive.

The 42-year-old shop­keeper was taken by am­bu­lance to Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal where he was treated for lac­er­a­tions to his hands and leg. He was re­leased af­ter treat­ment, but has been left ex­tremely dis­tressed by the rob­bery.

A man, who did not wish to be named but who has worked in the shop for four years, said he was “shocked” by what hap­pened to his col­league.

He added: “Noth­ing like that hap­pens around here. It’s usu­ally a very quiet bit.”

The vic­tim has since re­turned to work fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as be­ing white, 6ft in height and of slim build with short brown hair. He was wear­ing dark grey trousers, a grey hooded top and white train­ers.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Stu­art Burn­side of Cam­bus­lang Po­lice Of­fice said: “We are cur­rently car­ry­ing out in­quiries into this in­ci­dent and gath­er­ing CCTV im­ages in an ef­fort to gain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this in­ci­dent and the man re­spon­si­ble.

“At this time, I would urge any­one who was in the area of Hamil­ton Road around the time of the in­ci­dent who may have wit­nessed some­thing sus­pi­cious, or who may have in­for­ma­tion which will as­sist the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101.

“Al­ter­na­tively, Crimestop­pers can be con­tacted on 0800 555 111 , where the anonymity of the caller can be main­tained.”

Crime scene The shop where the rob­bery and at­tack were car­ried out

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