United Wholesale site ‘held up at gunpoint’

Armed robbers reportedly held up a cash & carry at gunpoint in Glasgow’s East End, before making off in a getaway car.

Police claim that the gang of three burst into the United Wholesale premises in Easter Queenslie Road armed with what appeared to be a firearm at around 3.15pm on 28 March.

The men allegedly threatened staff members, and demanded a quantity of cash.

A fourth man was reportedly waiting outside in a silver Mercedes C Class saloon car, which the three men entered before driving off. The vehicle drove north along Bartiebeith Road, and was last seen on Blairtummock Road towards Stepps Road.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Extensive enquiries are underway with officers speaking to witnesses as well as examining CCTV and forensic opportunities.

Detective Inspector Alasdair Barlow, above, from the Community Investigation Unit based at Govan, said: “This was a reckless and dangerous crime which terrified staff and members of the public who were within the wholesalers at the time. Luckily nobody was hurt, but it is absolutely imperative that we trace the perpetrators as soon as possible.

“We know that prior to the suspects entering the car, they threw a black holdall containing the stolen cash into the boot. When they closed the boot, the handle of the bag was left sticking out and would have been visible to other motorists driving behind the vehicle.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was driving in the surrounding area, who may have noticed a silver Mercedes C Class with a bag strap sticking out of the boot. Officers are working to further establish the movements of the vehicle in the aftermath of the robbery and your information could prove vital to our investigation.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers from the Community Investigation Unit based at Govan via 101. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”


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