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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
Man sought after hotel encounters

TWO suspicious incidents at the Carrutherstown Hotel are being probed by police.

The same man is being sought in relation to both incidents, beginning with the attempted theft of a handbag at about 5.30 pm on Saturday June 20.
A 26-year-old employee of the hotel at Carrutherstown saw the man attempting to steal her handbag from the hotel bar.

The employee challenged the man and he made off after what was a short struggle when the employee wrestled the bag from him.
He was seen driving away in a red coloured Volkswagen car towards the A75 road.
The employee was later checked over at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and suffered bruising to her arms and abdomen in the incident.
On the second occasion, which happened at about 7 pm on Saturday July 18, the same employee came across the man again in the bar and, after exchanging words, he made off again, however this time no vehicle was seen.
The man involved is described as being about 5’7” to 5’8” tall, slim face and black scruffy hair, about 25 years of age and speaking with an English accent.
On the incident on Saturday July 18 he was wearing a black puffa style jacket, black gloves and jeans.
Sergeant Steven Wilson, of Annan Community Policing Unit, said: “On both occasions when this man entered the bar it was empty save for the female employee.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the description of this man and who can help identify him.”

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