Woman faces cleaver-weld­ing rob­ber

West Lothian Courier - - News - Sean O’Neil

Po­lice are hunt­ing an armed rob­ber who struck twice in Bath­gate in the space of four days - threat­en­ing ter­ri­fied staff with a meat cleaver and ham­mer.

Po­lice are now link­ing the two thefts in the West Loth­ian town which seen a quan­tity of cash stolen from both busi­ness premises.

In the first in­ci­dent a fe­male em­ployee at a book­mak­ers on Hopetoun Street was threat­ened with a meat cleaver at around 7.20pm on Fri­day (Novem­ber 2).

The male sus­pect had pre­vi­ously been us­ing a gam­ing ma­chine in the bet­ting shop be­fore ap­proach­ing the fe­male mem­ber of staff be­hind the counter and threat­en­ing her with the weapon.

The mem­ber of staff then placed a three­fig­ure-sum of cash within a plas­tic bag and the sus­pect left the premises.

A Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal tin was also taken.

The fe­male em­ployee and a male cus­tomer were un­harmed as a re­sult of in­ci­dent.

In the sec­ond armed rob­bery the Money Sta­tion shop on Ge­orge Street was raided at around 1.20pm on Mon­day Novem­ber 5 and staff were threat­ened with a ham­mer.

The sus­pect de­manded money and took the con­tents of a till. No-one was hurt.

In both rob­beries, the sus­pect is de­scribed as be­tween five feet 10 inches and six feet tall, of slim build, with a long nose and deep sunken eyes, and was wear­ing dark cloth­ing and black train­ers with white soles.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Paul Bat­ten said: “We have car­ried out ex­ten­sive in­quiries and be­lieve that the same man is re­spon­si­ble.

“He was car­ry­ing a car­rier bag in the first rob­bery, and a black ruck­sack in the sec­ond, which he used to take the money away.

“For­tu­nately no-one was in­jured in ei­ther in­ci­dent but staff were left ex­tremely shaken.

“A ded­i­cated team of de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing these rob­beries and I am keen to hear from any­one who was in Bath­gate town cen­tre on Fri­day evening or Mon­day af­ter­noon and may have seen this man be­fore or af­ter each in­ci­dent.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Liv­ingston CID on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 3785 of 2nd Novem­ber for the book­mak­ers rob­bery or 1798 of 5th Novem­ber for the pawn­bro­ker rob­bery.

Al­ter­na­tively con­tact the char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Raid The Money Sta­tion shop on Bath­gate’s Ge­orge Street was the scene of an­other in­ci­dent

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