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Masked Halloween robbers threatened staff with bricks during bookmaker robbery

Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect one. Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect one.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
3:30 PM

Robbers wearing masks threatened two women with bricks before demanding cash from a bookmakers in one of two robberies in one night at bookmakers in south London.

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Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect two.Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect two.

The first incident took place at around 8pm on Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween - at Ladbrokes in Franciscan Road, Tooting.

There were three suspects, who all wore Halloween-style monster masks. One of the suspects, a man, threatened two female members of staff with two bricks before demanding cash, Scotland Yard said.

After forcing a staff member to empty the tills and fruit machines, all three suspects made off on foot towards Tooting Bec.

The second incident occurred at around 8.40pm the same evening. Three suspects, again all wearing masks, entered Ladbrokes in Croydon Road, SE20.

Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect three.Robbers targeted two bookmakers in one night. Pictured is suspect three.

Police said the main suspect was armed with bricks while another suspect was in possession of a hammer. The suspects smashed a glass screen inside the shop before making off with a quantity of cash and a watch.

All three suspects are believed to be male.

No members of staff were injured during either incident.

Detective Sergeant Guy Carmichael from the Flying Squad based at Barnes is leading the investigation. He said: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of either incident on Halloween evening and who saw the three suspects to contact me.

“Given the time of year there would have been numerous people dressed up but I am releasing images of those involved in the hope that someone will have seen them and can provide us with more details about their movements and identities.”

Anyone with information call the Flying Squad at Barnes on 0208 247 4804 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

No arrests have been made so far.

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