Betting shop and petrol station robber jailed - Linslade and Leighton Buzzard

28/01/2016

A robber, who stole cash from two bookmakers and a petrol station in Linslade and Leighton Buzzard, was jailed for three years today, Thursday, 28 January 2016.

Scott Wilson, aged 38, and another man, went into BetFred in Wing Road, Linslade at half past six at night on 8 November last year. He told the 63-year-old cashier: "Give me money." When cash was taken from the till, he said: "Is that all there is?" Wilson asked the victim to open the safe, but when he told him it would set off an alarm, both men fled. £200 was taken.

At Luton Crown Court, prosecutor Douglas Page said two years earlier the victim had been robbed at gunpoint in the shop and was so frightened, he will not work in the shop again.

Four days later, wearing a pulled down peaked cap, Wilson went alone to Corals in North Street, Leighton Buzzard and behaved politely to the two women cashiers. He asked them: "Can you be heroes and help me out? Do me a favour and give me all the money please." He became aggressive and said: "Give me all the money." One woman was made to open the safe. When she became flustered, he told her not to worry as he was not going to hurt her. Wilson escaped with £500.

Then at 10.45 on 15 November, he went into the Shell garage in Leighton Buzzard, telling the assistant: "Money, money, where's the money?" He asked the assistant if he wanted to fight, before escaping with £100 from the till and an unknown amount of cigarettes.

Wilson, of Kilgour Court, Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and asked for one charge of robbery to be taken into consideration.

Stephen Moore, defending, said: "When sober and off drugs, Mr Wilson is a very different man. He has provided a written apology to the victims." He said his drug addiction was the cause of the offences.

Jailing him, Judge Philip Bartle QC told him: "These robberies were planned. You disguised yourself, and the people concerned were frightened. There is no mitigation, except you pleaded guilty."

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