Man jailed for two years after robbing bookmakers - Luton

12/10/2013

A man who robbed a bookmakers was arrested following a police publicity appeal, a court has heard.

Scott Wilson first shoplifted some cans of lager from Sainsbury's in Dunstable Road, Luton, then passed a branch of William Hill and saw the door key lying inside.

He managed to reach it through the letter box, and let himself in, where he confronted a member of staff still on the premises and stole £85 from a till. He tried other tills without success and left but his CCTV picture was displayed by police, said prosecutor Sarah Gaunt, at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 11 October 2013.

The offences were committed on  22 June, this year and on 13  August  police went to his home in Ross Way, Slip End. He ran out of the door when they arrived but then did a U-turn and went back to be arrested.

Wilson, 36,  pleaded guilty to theft and robbery and was jailed for two years .

He told police he had been in 'a bit of a haze' when he committed the robbery, and needed money for drugs.

Dominic Woollard, defending said Wilson's problems were linked to his heroin addiction. He had not planned to rob the bookmakers but took the opportunity when some youths pointed out the key inside.

Judge Philip Bartle QC said: "I accept the robbery happened on the spur of the moment, and although no weapon was used, you must understand that the person in the shop felt scared by what your did."

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