Robbers threatened security guards

Police Scotland are appealing for information following a housebreaking and robbery at a building site in East Linton.

Around 4.55pm on Sunday (May 9), police were called after security officers were threatened by two men, one armed with a weapon, who had broken into portable cabins at a building site on Haddington Road and stolen a number of power tools.

The security guards challenged the men as they attempted to leave the site with their haul but one of the thieves brandished a weapon at them before both ran off and got into a white Transit van with a black and green Enterprise logo.

The suspects are described as:

1.  White, late 20s/early 30s, of skinny build, brown eyes, 5 ft 9 to 5 ft 10, plain dark face mask, black framed round glasses, wearing light grey jogging bottoms and gloves.

2.  White, late 20s, wearing a grey/blue cap and dark clothing.

Detective Constable Stevie Neill, the officer investigating, said: “Thankfully the security guards were not injured but that fact that the suspects were willing to use violence to get what they wanted was very frightening for both men.

“The suspects knew what they were looking for and came prepared with the necessary equipment to get into the compound housing the portable cabins and steal the tools.

“The van they used was parked just outside the building site in a neighbouring field and the men carried the stolen tools to the vehicle. It’s possible they had been in the area for a while before security was alerted and so, I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between 2.30pm and 5.30pm and who saw a white Transit van with a black and green Enterprise logo on it in a field next to the site or anything suspicious about the behaviour of people at the site, to get in touch.

“We believe that the van would have driven on to the A199 between Haddington and East Linton after the robbery, so if you were on that road on Sunday afternoon and have dash-cam footage, then please call police as your information could prove very useful to the investigation.”

Information can be passed to officers at Dalkeith Police Station via 101. Please quote reference number 2984 of Sunday, 9 May, 2021. Alternatively, details can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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