Woman shot in leg in Glenrothes robbery attempt

Glenrothes police carry out fingertip search following attempted robbery in which a masked man discharged an air pistol injuring one of th e2 women in the leg  incident 7/5/2013  'This photo 8/5/2013 5pm

Glenrothes police carry out fingertip search following attempted robbery in which a masked man discharged an air pistol injuring one of th e2 women in the leg incident 7/5/2013 'This photo 8/5/2013 5pm

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A GLENROTHES woman was shot in the leg in an attempted robbery in the Warout woods area of the town.

The incident happened around 8.50p.m. on Tuesday, May 7.

Two women, aged 43 and 56, were walking through the Warout Woods on Boblingen Way, then on to Beaufort Drive, around when they were approached by a man who demanded their handbags before brandishing an air pistol at them.

He is described as being early to late teens, wearing white, grey and black clothing and a balaclava.

On failing in his robbery attempt, the man then fired the weapon, resulting in the pellets injuring one of the women on her leg. She was taken to hospital and discharged after treatment, with no serious consequences.

Chief Inspector Derek McEwan, who is in charge of community policing in Glenrothes, said: “There is no place for this type of criminal activity, such a cowardly and violent act will not be tolerated in Glenrothes.

“Police officers immediately launched a search of the area, with the assistance of a police dog, however, we were unable to trace the man.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, in particular anyone who may have been in the vicinity to the area known locally as the Glamis Centre path, and may have seen someone acting suspiciously.

“We are also keen to trace a man who may have been out walking a Golden Retriever/Labrador type of dog in the area of Craigievar Drive, and two young girls aged approximately nine years old who may have seen the man running through Craigievar Drive. “Information and help from the public is vital to identify the man who did this and I would appeal to any parents or others who know of anyone who owns or carries these types of weapons to contact Police Scotland and provide us with their identity.

“These weapons are extremely dangerous when used with criminal intent and can cause long-lasting injuries.”

Anyone who has any information can contact the Police in Glenrothes on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.