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Two charged over alleged raid bid at Dundee pawn shop

Two charged over alleged raid bid at Dundee pawn shop

Two men have been charged with smashing the window of a Dundee pawnbrokers with a hammer and trying to steal jewellery.

Police launched an investigation after two “masked” men were said to have targeted Harvey and Thomson pawnbrokers on a “busy” afternoon in the Seagate.

The incident is alleged to have happened at about 3pm on Friday May 20.

Now, two men have appeared in court to face a charge in connection with the alleged attempted raid.

Lee Simpson, 32, of Dura Street, and Ian McCubbin, 27, of Park Avenue, appeared in private at the sheriff court.

Both made no plea or declaration in relation to one charge on petition.

Simpson and McCubbin are charged with repeatedly striking the window of the pawnbrokers with a hammer while their faces were masked, and attempting to steal a quantity of jewellery, on May 20.

The case was continued for further investigations and both men were granted bail meantime.

The shop’s damaged window.
The shop’s damaged window.

Officers issued an appeal in the days after the alleged attempted raid, looking to find an elderly woman who they said may have been standing near the shop at the time.

Police said that the alleged culprits may have made off westwards along Seagate and then up St Andrews Street towards the Wellgate shopping centre.

Speaking at the time, Detective Constable Graeme Wishart said: “As part of our investigation, officers have been making house-to-house inquiries and reviewing both police and private CCTV. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

“The area was busy with pedestrians and vehicles, and it is possible that someone may have seen something useful to the inquiry.

“In particular, is has been reported that there was an elderly lady standing outside the shop at the time of the incident.

“Officers are keen to talk to this lady as she may have information that could assist.”

One eyewitness at the time said the area had been sealed off, adding: “There were lots of police outside the pawn shop.

“I was coming up the road and heard a lot of commotion and lots of police cars went flying past.

“There were about four or five of them and police put the tape up straight away. That’s when I knew it was potentially something serious.”

A spokeswoman for the company said afterwards: “H&T can confirm that an alleged attempted burglary took place on May 20 at around 3pm at its Dundee store, causing damage to a window.

“No staff were involved and no items were stolen.”

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