Denny Bookmakers Targeted By Robbers For Second Time In A Week

13 April 2017, 12:03 | Updated: 13 April 2017, 12:06

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A second armed robbery at a bookmakers is linked to an incident last week, police believe.

In the latest incident, two men wearing high-visibility jackets and hard hats went into William Hill in Stirling Street, Denny, at around 7.45pm on Wednesday.

The men repeatedly threatened a member of staff and two customers with knives before escaping with money.

After leaving the premises they turned right into a nearby vennel, which led on to Herbertshire Street, and disappeared from view.

No-one was injured as a result of the robbery, which came five days after the previous incident.

Last Friday, a man entered the same bookmakers at around 9pm and threatened a member of staff before escaping with cash.

Police are treating the incidents as linked.

Detective Inspector Jim Thomson said: "This was a violent and callous incident which has left the three victims badly upset.

"This also follows a previous robbery at this bookkeepers last Friday, which we are still investigating and believe to be linked to this most recent incident.

"I would ask anyone who was in the Stirling Street area around 7.45pm on Wednesday April 12 and has any information that can assist officers to get in touch with us immediately.''

In the latest incident, the first suspect is described as a white man of medium build. He has a light tan, is around 6ft and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a yellow high-visibility jacket with the hood up and a white hard hat, along with dark trousers and a dark scarf over his face.

The second suspect is a white man of medium build, around 5ft 9in.

He was wearing a high-visibility jacket with a dark top underneath and a blue hard hat, along with light trousers and a dark scarf over his face.

Police Scotland said officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in the surrounding areas over the coming days in order to speak with local residents, gather information and offer reassurance to the community.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.