Handbag stolen in Gorebridge robbery

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed of her handbag containing cash to buy Christmas presents.

The 23-year-old was with her mother and daughter walking along Carlowrie Place in Gorebridge at around 1pm on Wednesday 2 December 2015, when she was approached from behind and her handbag was pulled from her by a man.

He ran off back up the hill from Carlowrie Place and away onto McLean Place and out of sight. The woman suffered a sore shoulder.

The suspect is described as white, short dark hair, between 18 and 20 years old, around 5 foot 4 or 5 inches tall and of slim build. He was wearing a grey tracksuit with dark blue stripes down the sides.

DC James Welsh from Dalkeith CID said: “Officers went immediately to the scene, however despite searches the male was not found, and the bag itself is still missing.

“The bag contained a significant quantity of cash to be used for Christmas shopping and jewellery of sentimental value. This all adds up to a particularly traumatic incident for this young family and officers are carrying out numerous enquiries to trace the male and locate the stolen property.

“I’m keen to speak to anyone who knows of anyone fitting the description or who may have seen the youth before the incident or running away afterwards, or anyone who may have found a bag discarded in the area.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555