Armed robber gets jail time for bookie heists

Armed robber caught after seventh hit against bookies

A LONE armed robber on bookmakers has been jailed for eight years.

Marcus Moore, 26, of Jedburgh Road, Plaistow, was sentenced at the Old Bailey yesterday after previously pleading guilty to five counts of robbery, two of attempted robbery and seven of possession of an imitation firearm.

During his spree, Moore targeted Ladbrokes offices in Newham and Redbridge between January and May and stole an estimated �6,000.

Each time Moore entered the premises brandishing a gun, which he used to coerce staff into handing over money. He attempted to disguise his appearance with various forms of clothing while always giving the impression he was willing to use violence if his demands were not met.

An investigation by Barking Flying Squad finally ended in his arrest when armed police swooped on Moore’s home and arrested him.

A subsequent search of the property revealed a large amount of cash - later traced back to the robberies - an imitation firearm and incriminating clothing.

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Today Det Cons Kwan Hau described Moore as a “ruthless individual who had the audacity to return to one of the venues on a second occasion.”