Shoppers collar would-be teen thieves

The Co-op at Chain Lane, Staining.
The Co-op at Chain Lane, Staining.
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Shocked shoppers who witnessed an attempted robbery at a village shop performed a citizens arrest to hold the culprits until police arrived.

Two youths were inside the Co-op on Chain Lane, Staining, while staff were filling up the cigarette cabinets at around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Police say the youths tried to steal some of the cigarettes and leave the scene, but were stopped by two customers who were also in the store.

In the commotion, a shop worker and a customer were knocked to the ground.

When police arrived they arrested the youths, who were still being kept at the scene.

A police spokesman said officers remained at the scene to carry out an investigation in the afternoon.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “Thankfully neither the customer or member of staff were hurt. We are of course most grateful to the customers but would like to stress that the safety of our shoppers and staff is of the utmost importance and nobody should ever put themselves in harms way.”

CCTV from the store has been passed to police.

Two teenagers, one aged 15 and the other 16, both from Glasgow have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault. They are being questioned by police.

It is not the first time the store has been targeted by would-be thieves. In February 2010 customers and staff were threatened by two masked men armed with an axe and a screwdriver, and the year before staff were threatened by masked men with machetes.

Two teenagers, one aged 15 and the other 16, both from Glasgow have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault. They are being questioned by police.