Pregnant woman caught in shop robbery horror

CCTV footage showing the robbery taking place and (below) store owner Fazal Sindhu. Pics: George McLuskie
CCTV footage showing the robbery taking place and (below) store owner Fazal Sindhu. Pics: George McLuskie

A young pregnant woman was at the centre of a terrifying robbery when a masked man held up a local store at the weekend.

Kirsten Beveridge, (24) who is due to give birth on February 4, had just started her shift on Sunday at Malkhas Minimarket on the corner of Birnam Road and Fair Isle Road in the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy, when the incident took place.

A masked man burst into the shop around 2.30 p.m. brandishing a weapon and demanded that she give him the contents of the till.

He made off with a three-figure sum leaving Kirsten visibly upset and shaken by her ordeal.

Shop owner Fazal Sindhu (33) returned home from visiting family in England when he heard about the raid.

Two years the store was targeted by thieves.

Previously, robbers pulled a gun on Mr Sindu and ran off with the shop’s takings.

The two men were sentenced to four years and eight months at the High Court in Dumbarton.

He has been left shaken by the second attack and is now questioning whether the store will remain open.

Mr Sindhu said: “People say that the area is rough but they are brilliant people.

“This is the second time this has happened and I want to move away now.

“I’m thinking about moving to Manchester. I’ve had enough.”

With the robbery caught on CCTV, police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Craig Fraser of Police Scotland, is leading the enquiry.

He said: “The man was seen to be loitering in the area before he went into the store.

“I am urging anyone who was in the area at the time, or who witnessed this robbery to come forward.”

The suspect is described at being 5’ 7” tall, of medium build and was wearing a distinctive dark-coloured - possibly navy - cagoule of the type you pull over your head.

The jacket had cream drawstrings around the neck.

He had the zip pulled up and was wearing a green scarf covering his face.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.