Armed robber steals whisky after threatening employee with knife

Police are hunting an armed robber who threatened a shop worker with a knife before stealing whisky from a convenience store.

The man targeted the shop in Roxburgh Street in Kelso in the Borders at around 10.55pm on Monday.

After entering the store he threatened a member of staff with a knife before stealing three bottles of whisky and a quantity of cigarettes.

Detectives said it was a “very frightening ordeal” for the employee and customers who were in the store, although no-one was injured.

After leaving the shop the suspect turned right and headed back down Roxburgh Street towards the town centre.

Police are appealing for information about the incident.

Detective Sergeant Callum Peoples, from Galashiels CID, said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the staff member and the other customers within the store, though, thankfully, no one was injured.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity within the Roxburgh Street area on Monday evening, or anyone who recognises the description of the suspect.

“Similarly, if you have any other information relevant to our ongoing investigation then please also contact police immediately.”

The suspect is described as white, around 6ft tall and wearing dark trousers with two high-vis stripes at the end of each leg, a dark tight-fitting jumper, a dark grey woollen pompom hat with red and white patterning and a dark scarf obscuring the lower half of his face.

Anyone with information can contact Galashiels CID via 101 quoting incident number 4441 of January 28, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.