Daylight armed robbery shocks quiet village

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A FIVE-figure sum has been stolen in a shocking daylight armed robbery.

The G4S security guard had just left the Airdrie Savings Bank in Cumbernauld Road, Muirhead, when a black car pulled up and a man brandishing what appeared to be a handgun got out and threatened him.

The man then grabbed the security guard’s cash box, which contained a five-figure sum, and got back into the car that sped off towards Lenzie.

It was later found burnt out at Gartferry Road in Moodiesburn.

Police say the car was in the area before the robbery, which happened at around 9.20am last Thursday.

Detective Inspector Paul Cherrie said: “The bank had only just opened and there were a number of customers inside when the incident occurred.

“There may also have been people heading to work between the hours of 8am and 9.30am who may have seen the car and can perhaps provide us with further information regarding the suspects.

“We are continuing to review CCTV images and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have been in the Gartferry area either prior to or following the robbery to get in touch.”

The suspect is believed to be white and around 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing dark clothes and a black balaclava.

The driver of the black car, believed to be a Vauxhall Astra, was also white and had short, dark brown hair.

He was wearing a grey or green padded jacket.

Councillor Joe Shaw has praised the police response to the robbery, but said: “This has happened before and it’s not just banks that are being targeted.

“My message to the people doing this is that they are going to get caught and I hope when they are the justice system gives them stiff sentences.”

A spokesperson for G4S Cash Solutions UK said: “Thankfully no injuries were sustained by our crew as a result of the attack and we are currently assisting police with their investigations.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbernauld Police Office on 01236 503 900 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.