Bookies robber jailed for six years

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A 21-year-old man who robbed three Ladbrokes bookies in Eastbourne has been jailed for six years.

Rowan Jones, of Latimer Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery from Ladbrokes on December 3 and 20, 2012 and January 9 this year in Eastbourne and three charges of possessing an imitation firearm, at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Jones went into Ladbrokes bookmakers in Seaside on December 3 at 9am to place a bet at the counter but then pointed a gun at the staff member and demanded money from the safe. He escaped with cash.

He struck again at another Ladbrokes branch in Carlisle Road just as the store was closing at 8pm on December 20. Again he approached the till to place a bet before pulling out a gun. A large quantity of cash was handed over and Jones left the shop.

He then returned to the Ladbrokes shop in Seaside on January 9 just before 9.30am and pointed a firearm which was partially hidden in a plastic bag, demanded cash and ran off with several hundred pounds.

Jones was arrested by detectives later that night and was charged with the robberies the following day (January 10).

As well as being sentenced to six years at Hove Crown Court today (May 2), an order was made to seize his assets including money from his bank account, with a total of £1,800 recovered.

After the case, Detective Constable Jim Austin said, “These were serious crimes committed by Jones and the sentence issued reflects that.

“Although no one was hurt during the robberies, they were a frightening ordeal for the staff. This is a good result for Ladbrokes and the community of Eastbourne, and gives a strong messages to anyone who feels it is acceptable to commit these sorts of crimes.”