Money stolen after shop targeted by man armed with knife

A man robbed an Ayrshire newsagents with a knife on Friday afternoon.

At around 3.40pm, a man entered Wylie’s Newsagents in Saltcoats where a 63-year-old woman was working.

He threatened her with a knife and demanded money.

He obtained a small amount of cash and ran out of the shop, leaving the staff member uninjured.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 8in, a medium build and was wearing a blue rain jacket with the hood up, blue jeans and had a black scarf covering his face.

A short time after the robbery, a 71-year-old man went into the shop after hearing about the incident.

He became unwell and collapsed and was taken to Crosshouse Hospital but died a short time later.

An enquiry is underway to establish the full circumstances of both incidents.

Detective Inspector Fraser Normansell said: “This was a very traumatic experience for the 63-year-old shop assistant who not only suffered the ordeal of the robbery itself but also witness the elderly man collapsing in the aftermath of the incident.

“It is vital that we trace the culprit and stop him from causing any further harm and distress and as such I urge anyone was in the vicinity of Springdale Street in Saltcoats around 3.40pm on Friday and may have seen the suspect hanging around the area to contact police.

“I also appeal to any drivers who were in the area to check their dash cams as they may have captured the suspect on their camera. If so, I ask that they also contact police urgently.”

Source: Glasgow & West

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