HERO SHOP WORKER STANDS UP TO GUN ROBBER
He grabs arm as thug lifts takings Dislocates his shoulder in tussle
A Rutherglen shop worker suffered a dislocated shoulder while fighting off an armed robber.
The shopkeeper was working at U Save on Hamilton Road when a man stormed into the shop with what appeared to be a firearm at 9.40am on Saturday morning and demanded he hand over cash.
One employee, who did not want to be named, said his colleague was extraordinarily calm in a frightening experience.
He said: “The attacker straight away pointed the gun towards him and started shouting. He demanded the money and cigarettes as well.
“It was a really horrible, threatening situation.
“My colleague was calm and put the money on the counter. He handed over what was in the till, he put it in front of him.
“He then tried to grab him by the hand and the robber dropped the gun.
“While he was trying to hold
him, the attacker punched him so many times he dislocated his shoulder.
“The raider then panicked and started running.”
Another member of staff, who was at the back of the store when the robber attacked, called the police while the shop keeper attempted to chase the robber.
The employee said: “My colleague told me he had never felt pain like it in his shoulder.
“But he wanted to protect his colleague and that’s why he tried to grab the man’s hands. The robber could have harmed someone else, that’s why he thought he must take the initiative.”
The robbery took place yards from other shops in a busy area and across the street from a large block of flats.
The staff member said: “We just want to thank the public for being very supportive and caring and the police as well.”
Detectives in Cambuslang are appealing for witnesses and information following the robbery.
The suspect is described as white, aged between 20 and 25, around 5ft 11in, and of medium build. He was wearing a greycoloured Adidas top, greycoloured tracksuit trousers and black trainers with a white sole.
He was also wearing a black balaclava in an effort to conceal his identity. He made off with a two-figure sum of money and ran off up Hamilton Road on to Gallowflat Street.
Officers are carrying out doorto-door inquiries and gathering CCTV footage for review.
Detective Inspector Colin Campbell said: “I am appealing for any information on the suspect or the incident. The shop is well used by members of the local community.
“I’m sure many people will have been out and about at the time of the incident and may have seen the suspect prior to or following the incident.
“If you have any information or knowledge about the suspect or the incident, please contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call CID officers at Cambuslang Police Station via 101, quoting reference number 1357. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.
Hamilton Road The robbery took place on Saturday morning