Book­ies staff held up in armed rob­bery ter­ror

Cop hunt af­ter three- fig­ure sum of cash is stolen

Ayrshire Post - - MAYBOLE NEWS - Michael Reynolds

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

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