Manhunt launched after Edinburgh woman is robbed by mugger on bike

A manhunt has been launched after a woman in Edinburgh was robbed of jewellery by a man on a bike.

The incident, which took place in the Boswall area of the city, occurred on Saturday October 17 at around 6.30pm when the 39-year-old woman was walking along the cycle path between Wardie Road and Granton Road.

She was approached by a man on a bike who, after a short conversation, demanded her watch and diamond rings before riding off towards Drylaw.

The woman was not injured but has been left shaken by the incident.

Police say the suspect is described as white, of medium build, with short dark hair and had a local accent.

They added that he was wearing a blue surgical face mask, dark coloured cotton tracksuit top and bottoms. He was on a dark coloured bike with no lights.

Detective Constable Peter Lyons, Costorphine CID, Edinburgh, explained that though the watch and jewellery are valuable, it’s more their sentimental value – especially the lady’s engagement and eternity rings – that is causing the theft to be upsetting for her.

He said: “She was on the walkway which goes between Wardie Road and Granton Road and was just approaching the Wardie Road exit when she was approached by the man.

“This can be a busy thoroughfare and I am sure there would have been people about who either saw the robbery or who may have seen the man on the bike hanging about the area.

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“Officers are checking CCTV at the moment to try an identify the thief, however, would appeal to anyone who may have information that will assist their investigation to come forward.

“If you think you can help, please call Costorphine Police Station via 101 quoting reference number 3256 of Saturday, 17 October, 2020.

“Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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