Man held after bookies theft
A MAN has been arrested after cash was stolen from a betting shop – the third time a bookies in the city has been hit in a month.
Coral bookmakers, in Eastfield Road, became the latest victim when a man snatched cash from an open till at around 10.40am yesterday.
The incident came just two days after Ladbrokes bookmakers, in Whitmore Road, Whittlesey was robbed at 8pm on Wednesday, by two raiders armed with a knife and what is thought to be a handgun. Another Ladbrokes shop was robbed in Four Chimneys Crescent, Hampton Vale, on May 5, by a man armed with a knife.
Police say bookmakers are often seen as easy targets because it is assumed that they keep a lot of cash on the premises.
But DCI Jon Hutchinson, head of CID in Peterborough, warned that raiders stand a high chance of being caught.
He said: “They have some of the highest security measures there are and the majority of them employ security advisors. This means that it is often easier to trace the offender because of measures like CCTV.”
A spokesperson for Coral said: “There’s never as much money on site as people would believe.”
A spokesman for Ladbrokes added: “Betting shops see a lot of money changing hands but people would be foolish to target them.
“We have excellent CCTV and a 24/7 security team which can view any of our 2,000 shops at any time and respond to incidents immediately. We also have numerous other security measures in place.”
Around five customers and two staff members were in the Coral shop when the man stole the cash, before running off in the direction of Cavendish Street. He is not thought to have been armed and people in the shop were left shocked but unhurt. The bookmakers closed while scenes of crime officers carried out investigations.
Customer Paul Sharp (61), of Alderman’s Drive, heard about the drama when he visited the bookies after the incident. He said: “The woman I spoke to was quite shaken up, but not hurt.” Building surveyor Warren Holdershaw (42), working on a nearby property, added: “Considering it’s daylight, it’s a pretty brazen thing to do.”
DCI Hutchinson added that the number of incidents in recent weeks did not indicate a rise in robberies.
He said: “None of the raids that have taken place in recent days are linked. There hasn’t been an increase in robbery in Peterborough, in fact robbery has fallen and it is just a coincidence that there has been a number of high profile cases.
“Every business needs to consider their security options, but I wouldn’t say businesses should be concerned.”
A 35-year-old man was arrested in Nursery Close at 11.45am yesterday on suspicion of non-dwelling burglary and possession of a class A drug.
SCENE: The Coral betting shop on Eastfield road, which had cash stolen from the till. (METP-0406-10rh40)