HERO SHOP WORKER STANDS UP TO GUN ROB­BER

He grabs arm as thug lifts tak­ings Dis­lo­cates his shoul­der in tus­sle

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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