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Bookies robbed again in latest in series of Kent raids

Who is this man? He is suspected of robbing a series of bookies in Kent
Who is this man? He is suspected of robbing a series of bookies in Kent

A bookies in Kent has been robbed again in what police say is a series of crimes, possibly by the same man (pictured).

Detectives from Medway Police Station are appealing for information following the latest robbery at Coral on Strood High Street.

A man entered the store at about 6:25pm on Wednesday and demanded money from a member of staff. He claimed to be carrying a weapon but it is not known if he actually was.

He is described as about 6 foot tall and was wearing a dark top with white stripes down the sides and blue denim jeans.

Investigating officers are connecting this latest robbery with three other offences that took place in November and December last year.

The first robbery happened at the same Coral Bookmakers on Strood High Street on Sunday, November 29, at about 11am. The second robbery took place at the Coral Bookmakers on Gun Lane, Strood at about 8:50pm on Monday, November 30 and the third incident happened at Choice Bet, High Street, Snodland, on Wednesday, December 2 at about midday.

The man left with a quantity of cash from each of the robberies.

The man described during these robberies was white, aged between 20-30 years old and about 6’ tall. He was wearing a light green parker style coat with a furry collar, light coloured jeans, sunglasses and brown shoes during all three robberies.

Audio: Detective Inspector Ann Lisseman describes the Strood robbery

Detective Inspector Ann Lisseman said: ‘We believe that the man responsible for this latest robbery in Strood may also hold information in relation to the other offences in November and December. I would urge anyone with information to contact Kent Police immediately. Fortunately no-one has been injured in any of these incidents, but staff have been shaken by the events.

You can call Kent Police in Medway on 01634 792567 or call Kent CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also e-mail the Medway Area Major Enquiry Team at amet.medway@kent.pnn.police.uk

The Association of British Bookmakers are supporting the investigation and are offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and charge of the offender.

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