Crime

Three jailed for string of armed robberies on bookmakers

A CCTV still of the raid in Leicestershire. Image: Met Police.

A CCTV still of the raid in Leicestershire. Image: Met Police.

Three men from Hayes have been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court for a series of armed robberies across London, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

32 year old Ryan Brooks, 19 year old Benjamin Sealey and 21 year old Jordan Gittings had all previously pleaded guilty to eight robberies between the 2nd and 18th of February 2014.

(L-R) Brooks, Sealey, Gittings. Images: Met Police.

(L-R) Brooks, Sealey, Gittings. Images: Met Police.

Brooks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery on the 13th of August 2014.

He was jailed for a total of eight years.

Sealey also pleaded guilty on the 13th of August 2014 to conspiracy to commit robbery, and was jailed for a total of nine years.

Gittings pleaded not guilty but on the 13th of April he was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court to conspiracy to commit robbery.

He was jailed for a total of eight years and six months.

The court heard how the three men had stolen over £6,000 after targeting eight bookmakers over a seventeen day period.

At nearly all the crime scenes, two men secured the front door while the other approached the main counter with a shotgun.

Five of the eight robberies occurred in London.

They were eventually tracked down by officers from the Met’s Flying Squad, who were assisted by officers from Leicestershire and Warwickshire constabularies.

Detective Inspector Scott Hartley of the Flying Squad said:

Gittings, Sealey and Brooks embarked on a string of armed robberies, becoming more cavalier each time.

They confronted a number of victims – both workers and customers – who were all left shaken by the incidents. Several cashiers were directly threatened with a firearm pointed at them. We hope that these convictions offer some support to those targeted.

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