Armed Robbery At Vending Services Firm Was Targeted Raid, Police Reveal

Police believe an armed raid in which three men stole a five-figure sum in coins was a targeted robbery.

The trio threatened a member of staff at Selecta on the Westfield Industrial Estate in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, as he was locking up last Thursday evening, and they forced him back inside the building.

One man threatened the employee with a firearm while the others gathered the money, which was mostly in £1 and £2 coins.

They fled the premises, a vending and coffee services company, and made off in a red Ford Focus estate car.

The member of staff was not physically injured but has been left badly shaken.

Police are returning to the scene a week on from the robbery, which happened at around 5.10pm on November 17, in the hope of jogging people's memory about the incident.

Detective Inspector David Reilly, of Coatbridge CID, said: ''This was no doubt a targeted robbery. The men who did this knew what they were looking for and what they could get. One man threatened the employee with a firearm whilst the others gathered the money.

''The majority of the five-figure sum stolen was in £2 and £1 coins - an enormous amount of coins that would have been difficult to move quickly.

''The men made off in a red Ford Focus estate around 5.20pm, but the car was not found until 8.10pm in Drumcavel Road at Glenboig Road, Glenboig. We need to know where it was in between times. Was it, for example, parked up and then retrieved later?''

The first suspect is aged in his late 40s, around 5ft 9in with a slim build and unkempt appearance. The second is in his 40s, around 5ft 9in with a slim build,  and he was wearing a black balaclava. The third suspect is in his 20s, of skinny build and around 5ft 6in.