TWO thieves fled on mountain bikes after raiding a pawn shop for jewellery in the centre of Edinburgh tonight.
The hooded men grabbed rings and watches after smashing up the display cabinets with an axe at Duncan and Edwards in Queen Street.
Police believe a large number of people would have seen the pair flee on cycles west along the streets whcih would have been busy with people returning home from work.
They are described as wearing identical, light grey body and hood with a black chequered pattern and with black sleeves. The axeman is said to be 6ft tall, was wearing a dark sleeved top underneath the hooded top and a baseball cap with a light blue peak.
The other man, is white and had distinctive black and white footwear. The bikes were white and black and the incident took place at 5pm.
Detective Sergeant Bob Richardson from Police Scotland said nobody was injured in the shop, but he added: "It happened on one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh at a time when there were a lot of people on the move and we know it would have been witnessed by a number of people.
"It happened on one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh at a time when there were a lot of people on the move and we know it would have been witnessed by a number of people. I am directly appealing to anyone who saw the disturbance at the pawn shop or who saw the push bikes as they made their way through the city to get in touch."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.