Cops hunt robber who assaulted shopkeeper
CCTV images studied in a bid to track down culprit
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