Police appeal for footage after attempted robbery of elderly Glasgow woman

Detectives say the man was dressed like a delivery driver.

Officers investigating the attempted robbery of an elderly woman in Glasgow have made a second appeal for information.

At around 3:20pm on Thursday, May 7, a 79-year-old woman was approached by a man while she sat at the rear of her home in Smiths Wynd.

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Police say the man, who appeared to be dressed as a delivery driver, walked up the woman’s driveway, asking her to accept a parcel for her neighbour.

Now detectives are appealing for dash cam footage from drivers on Queen Street, the High Street, or Canongate, between 3pm and 3:30pm on Thursday, May 7.

Then the man tried to force the woman inside her home and demanded money from her. When she refused, he fled onto Queen Street, heading North.

Now detectives are appealing for dash cam footage from drivers on Queen Street, the High Street, or Canongate, between 3pm and 3:30pm on Thursday, May 7.

Their suspect is 5’8” tall and aged in his 50s or 60s. He was wearing a bright yellow high visibility vest, a black top, black trousers, a dark beanie hat and a medical face mask.

Detective Constable Sandy Blacklock, of Galashiels CID, said: “This was a despicable attempt to rob a lady who was sitting outside at her property. Fortunately she was able to stand her ground and push the man away. Although not physically hurt, this has left her feeling very upset.

“The man approached from the Queen Street area of the town and left in the same direction. His appearance was quite distinctive and we are appealing to anyone who saw him to get in touch.

“Anyone who was driving in the area at the time and who may have dash-cam footage that can assist with our enquiries is also asked to get in touch. Likewise, anyone with CCTV that may show something is requested to make contact with officers.

If you were in the area at this time and have dash cam footage, you can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 2533 of the 7th May 2020.

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