Masked Halloween robbers threatened staff with bricks during bookmaker robbery

15:30 07 November 2012

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

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

Archant

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.

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.

Latest Stories

Fri, 14:16
The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.

These two new arrivals, born just in time for a weekend celebrating the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh, have been given some very apt names.

Read more
Fri, 18:38
In order to get your hands on the free crisps, you'll have to tweet a special code and contend with an animated Gary Lineker (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Walkers)

Londoners are set to get free crisps at three bus stops for the next two weeks!

Read more
Fri, 16:53
Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more