Police hunt man who threatened petrol station staff with fake gun

The imitation BB gun and the jacket were found discarded nearby the petrol station.

Hunt for man who threatened Linlithgow petrol station staff with fake gun ongoing by police Google Maps

Staff at a West Lothian petrol station were threatened by a man with a fake gun during a robbery in the early hours of the morning.

At around 1.45am on Thursday, February 2, a man entered the filling station on Falkirk Road in Linlithgow and threatened a member of staff with an imitation BB gun and demanded money.

No one was injured as a result of the incident but a small sum of cash, scratch cards and cigarettes were taken by the suspect who then left.

The suspect is described as a 6ft tall man with a stocky build and is around 35-years-old.

 He was wearing a navy jacket with a white stripe across the chest area and green shoulders.

The imitation BB gun and the jacket were found discarded nearby.

Police are now carrying out extensive enquiries to trace him.

Detective constable Emma Thacker, of Livingston CID, said: “Fortunately no one was injured and extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace this man, including reviewing CCTV.

“We are asking anyone who saw this man, or anyone acting suspiciously around the time of this incident to get in touch.

“In particular, if you were driving in the area and have any dash-cam that could assist then contact us. Likewise, if you have private CCTV that could help identify the suspect or where he went.”

Anyone with information that can help with the investigation is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1163 of Thursday, February 2, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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