Brave Edinburgh shop worker refuses to 'be scared' after vile machete attack

By Claire Galloway

A terrified Edinburgh shop worker barricaded himself inside a customer’s car after being threatened by a machete-wielding thug in a shocking daytime attack.

Nagaraju Arepelly bailed out of the Night and Day store on Gracemount Drive when he was confronted by the masked raider on Sunday afternoon in a bid to lock the thief inside, before realising he had left the keys in the building.

The 29-year-old, who was alone on shift at the local store, told how the man ‘lunged over’ the counter in a bid to open the till before making off with around £500 in cash.

But Nagaraju was thankful a quick thinking neighbour opened their vehicle door for him to leap inside as the vile robber fled the scene.

He told the Daily Record: “I just started moving away, as soon as I took three steps away, he jumped over the till and was touching this and that.

"I tried to go outside and lock him in but I forgot my key while he was still behind the till so I couldn't go back.

"When I came outside and shouted, the lady I'd served just before was about to start her car when she suddenly shouted at me to come and get in the car.

"I got in the car and we were calling police."

Nagaraju initially did not view the man as suspicious having served the woman moments earlier, explaining he assumed he was "just another customer".

It was only when he approached the counter and lifted up his shirt to reveal the weapon the shop worker realised what was happening.

"His face was completely covered with masks. I couldn't even see his eyes, they were completely covered," he recalled.

"He wanted me to give him money and everything. I said 'what' and he lifted his t-shirt and showed me the weapon.

"I don't know for sure what weapon it was, he didn't pull it out, he just lifted up his top and showed me it.

"It was black in colour, I don't know what it was."

Eyewitnesses told officers who rushed to the incident - backed by armed Police Scotland colleagues - the item in question was a 'machete'.

Nagaraju said youngsters often subjected him to 'teasing' but had never experienced any violent incidents during his time working at the shop until the incident.

But despite his ordeal, he was back on shift days later and refused to let the attack faze him.

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"I worked until 7pm last night, I don't want to be scared," he said.

"This is the first time for me, I never run away from anything."

An investigation into the robbery is underway and police say enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 2.55pm on Sunday 9 January, to a report of a robbery at a premises in Gracemount Drive, Edinburgh.

“Officers, including firearms officers, attended. No one was injured and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”


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