Robbery at Strood bookmakers linked to five other raids
Video: CCTV footage from
one the the previous robberies
suspected of robbing five bookmakers in Kent is thought to have
struck again at William Hill in Strood High Street.
The masked man went into the betting shop shortly after 8.45pm
Monday and demanded money from a member of staff.
A police spokesman said: "He made threats and had an item
wrapped in plastic bag but it is not known whether it was a weapon.
No-one was hurt in the incident."
The robber - described as 6ft tall, slim and wearing a
balaclava, a dark hooded top and boots - escaped with cash.
Detectives think he is the same man who raided the Ladbrokes
store in Holborough Road, Snodland on Friday evening.
Police also believe he robbed Coral Bookmakers in Strood High
Street, twice, on Wednesday evening and also on November 29,
another Coral Bookmakers in Gun Lane, Strood, on November 30 and
also the Choice Bet in Snodland High Street on December 2.
Det Insp Ann Lisseman said: "This offender has become very
prolific and we are urging people to come forward if they have any
"The man acts very quickly and is in and out of the bookmakers
in less than a minute.
"Often some people in the shops do not even realise he is
The Association of British Bookmakers is
offering a reward for any information leading to the man being
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on
01634 792567 or Kent
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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