Serial robber targeted women working alone in 11 'terrifying' raids

Damon Frail carried out the crimes at various shops and businesses in Edinburgh.

Damon Frail admits carrying out series of ‘terrifying’ robberies in Edinburgh Google Maps

A serial robber has admitted carrying out a number of ‘terrifying’ raids on businesses in Edinburgh where young women were working alone.

Damon Frail struck at a string of shops and businesses across the city between August 27 and September 7 last year.

The 32-year-old was armed with a knife and mainly targeted young women working alone before escaping with his loot on a bike.

On Friday, Frail admitted to the crime spree as he appeared in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

Tanz Tanning in the capital's CanonmillsGoogle Maps

Prosecutor Derick Nelson said Frail first targeted Tanz Tanning in the capital’s Canonmills.

The 25-year-old employee feared she would get stabbed.

Frail pocketed around £200 and told the worker: “You touch that phone and I will be back in five minutes. I am not kidding you.”

He next tried to steal from Sonya Moore hairdressers in Telford Road, Edinburgh two days later.

Sonya Moore hairdressers in Telford Road, EdinburghGoogle Maps

On August 31, he robbed the Candyland sweet shop in the city’s Gorgie area.

Candyland sweet shop in the city's Gorgie areaGoogle Maps

Just 24 hours later, Frail got his hands on more cash from the Indigo Sun salon in Davidson Mains.

Indigo Sun salon in Davidson MainsGoogle Maps

The same day he struck at another Tanz Tanning branch in Meadowbank, once again racing off on his bike.

Tanz Tanning branch in MeadowbankGoogle Maps

On September 2, a young assistant was left in “terror” after he held up the Booze and Vape shop in the capital’s Morningside.

Booze and Vape shop in the capital's Morningside.Google Maps

He stated to her: “Do not touch your phone for ten minutes. There is someone outside watching.”

The worker believed he may have got his hands on £1,000.

Frail next targeted two RS McColl shops in Drylaw and Restalrig on September 3, stealing cash at one of them.

RS McColl shop in DrylawGoogle Maps
RS McColl shop in RestalrigGoogle Maps

Two days later, he returned to the same Indigo Sun tanning salon in Davidson Mains he raided earlier.

A worker was left in tears as Frail took money and ripped a phone from a wall.

On September 6, he robbed the Balkan Bulgarian food store in the capital’s Inverleith having initially claimed he wanted a bottle of juice.

Balkan Bulgarian food store in the capital's InverleithGoogle Maps

His final target was an Esso garage again in Drylaw the next day, stealing money and smashing an assistant’s mobile phone.

Esso garage again in DrylawGoogle Maps

Prosecutor Mr Nelson played CCTV of the majority of the crimes catching Frail in the act.

Frail pled guilty to nine assault and robberies and two attempted robberies.

Lord Mulholland told him: “Be under no illusion what is coming your way.

“Your conduct was despicable and terrifying for hard working members of the public trying to earn a living.”

Frail was remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

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