Phone tracker led police to Fife armed robbers
Four armed robbers forced their way into a Fife flat and threatened two men at gunpoint.
The gang carried a handgun, a crowbar and a machete as they burst into the Kirkcaldy home.
They also made off with a haul of £2,500 but a stolen phone with a tracking app led the police straight to the gang.
James Mackie (30), from Kirkcaldy, Gordon Ellis (24) and Scott Smith (23), both from Cardenden and Derek Finlay (31), a prisoner, raided the flat on 8th January 2015.
They all pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing the victims at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The court heard the victims believed they were going to be shot after the gun was pointed at their heads and another robber threatened he was going to cut their fingers off.
The gun, which was discovered to be an air pistol, was later found in a kitchen at a house in Glenrothes, which Finlay had previously had access to.
Judge Michael O’Grady QC deferred sentence for reports and all four were remanded in custody.