Betting shop staff tackle armed robber

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A knife-wielding robber gambled and lost when he tried to rob a bookmaker’s shop yesterday.

For the man was confronted by a woman staff member and two other men helped wrestle him to the ground before he cut his losses and ran off empty-handed.

A man was later arrested in connection with the incident.

A police spokesman, said: “The employee in the store displayed what can only be described as bravery.”

The drama began at Game Time on Water Street, St George about lunchtime.

Mr Caines thanked the members of the public who helped the “bold” employee, as well as people who came forward with information which helped police find the alleged robber soon after the incident.

Businesses owners nearby said they did not see or hear the incident

They added they were pleased by the quick response from police.

One shopkeeper said: “It’s never good to have something like this happen.

“That shop has loads of cameras, so I don’t know what that robber was thinking.”

Police said the robber struck at the shop, owned by former Bermuda cricketer Albert Steede, at about 1.30pm and demanded cash.

Officers traced a 22-year-old man less than an hour later in the Turkey Hill area of St George’s. The police spokesman said the man was “helping police with their enquiries”.

A Corporation of St George spokeswoman said: “We are pleased with the police response to this incident and their ability to apprehend the suspect in such a timely manner.

“Thankfully no one was injured in the incident.”

She added that the corporation has hosted town hall meetings with police to highlight safety and security to business owners and residents.

The spokeswoman said the police Community Action Team for the area had also offered advice to businesses on how to protect their premises and staff from crime.

Police said an investigation into the matter is ongoing and police are still interested in speaking to anyone who may have information about this incident to call 295-0011.

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Published Oct 5, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm)

Betting shop staff tackle armed robber

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