Bookies staff held up in armed robbery terror
Cop hunt after three- figure sum of cash is stolen
D e t e c t i ve s h ave stepped up their hunt for an armed robber who targeted a High Street bookmaker.
Ladbrokes, on Maybole’s High Street, was raided at around 5.35pm on Sunday when a man entered the shop and threatened a member of staff with the weapon, demanding money.
Now officers are looking to speak with the driver of a black Audi A3 who was nearly hit by the thief as he made his escape in a “light coloured saloon car” at high speed.
The raider left with the cash and drove off towards John Knox Street, across the street from the bookies.
He is described as being in his early 40s with stubble.
Police say he is believed to have been wearing a dark jacket with the hood up and light coloured trousers.
Detective Sergeant Jane Hogg from Ayr CID said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the surrounding area and may have seen anything suspicious to please get in touch.
“I would also like to speak to the driver of the black Audi A3, or anyone who had a vehicle which was parked up in John Knox Street with dashcam footage, as this might assist with our enquiry.” Police declined to confirm what type of weapon had been used in the robbery
Last year, Ladbrokes in Ayr was targeted by a hooded bandit who leaped over the counter and made threats towards staff before making off with a three- figure sum.
A 23- year- old man was later arrested, however no weapons were used when the Ayr store was targeted.
A Ladbrokes spokesman said: “We can confirm an incident took place on Sunday afternoon and we are assisting police with their enquiries.
“Anyone w i t h a n y information about the suspect should get in touch with the police.” Anyone with information should call Kilmarnock CID on 101 and quote incident number 3261 of Sunday 8 October 2017. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Armed robbery The raider made off with a three- figure sum from Ladbrokes in Maybole