Investigation ongoing in Pet Palace Robbery

GRAHAM SKENE AND LINDA MCROBBIE OF THE PETS PALACE IN FRASERBURGH.(DUNCAN BROWN)
GRAHAM SKENE AND LINDA MCROBBIE OF THE PETS PALACE IN FRASERBURGH.(DUNCAN BROWN)

Police in Fraserburgh are still searching for the armed robber who held up Pet Palace on Hannover Street.

The robbery occurred at around 4:30pm last Sunday, March 1 and the thief made away with £60 in petty cash.

Owner Graham Skene and staff member Linda McRobbie were in the shop, which is not open on a Sunday, to feed the animals.

Ms McRobbie said it was a totally random time for the robber to choose.

“Myself and Graham were unloading the car around half past four into the shop before we fed the animals.

“I was through the back when the man came in and Graham was feeding the fish.

“He said ‘I’m sorry but this is a robbery’ before producing the knife to Graham.

“I came through when I heard the word robbery but Graham told me to stay back, he explained to the man that they weren’t open and so there was no money in the shop at which point the robber pointed to the till.

“Graham went over and opened the till and the man took the small amount of money before calmly walking out of the shop and down the street towards Farmfoods as if he was just a regular customer.”

The robber kept his face covered with what Ms McRobbie believes was a Snood so she was unable to get a good look at him.

“I only saw his eyes, he had his hood up and most of his face was covered by a scarf. He had a Eastern-European accent and was somewhere around 5’9 to 5’11 in height although I think having the hood up made him look taller.”

Ms McRobbie also added that it was important that the robber is caught to prevent him attempting this sort of crime again but that the main thing was that nobody got hurt.

“Graham told me he did consider attempting to tackle or disarm the man but for the sake of £60 it definitely wasn’t worth the risk.

“It’s like we tell our staff, don’t do anything stupid, your lives are more valuable than money.”