Two men are to stand trial accused of turning up at a man’s house and pretending to be detectives to find out who he was – before subjecting him to a knifepoint robbery.
John Robertson and Aynsley Paterson are alleged to have robbed Sean Thain at addresses in Arbroath on June 26 last year.
It is alleged they turned up at his home and stated they were officers from Police Scotland’s Criminal Investigation Department “in order to ascertain his identity”.
Prosecutors say the pair then presented a knife at him, “induced him to get into a vehicle” and made him withdraw money from an ATM and robbed him of £150.
Robertson, 37, of Godfrey Avenue, Denny, and Paterson, 44, of Livingstone Drive, Laurieston, Falkirk, both denied a charge of assault and robbery during a pre-trial hearing at the sheriff court yesterday.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael set a trial date in June and released both men on bail.