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13 October 2011, 12:10
Bedfordshire Police is appealing for help in identifying a second offender who was responsible for robbing a coin shop in Biggleswade earlier this year.
The man was caught on CCTV inside Cambridge Coins, in High Street, Biggleswade on January 5, 2011, assisting John Gladwin who was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to four years in prison for his part in the offence.
The pair took 10 minutes to raid the shop, tying the owner’s hands and feet together and covering his face as they helped themselves to coins, gold and jewellery.
John Gladwin, aged 72, of Stubbs Lane, Tadworth, Surrey pleaded guilty to robbery following his arrest in June 2011. Bedfordshire Police found him after discovering a pay-as-you-go mobile phone, which had been left in the store after the offence. It showed that a call had been made to a number in Chelmsford, the home of his ex-wife, which in turn led detectives to Gladwin.
Gladwin has never revealed to police who his accomplice was on the day and police are still keen to identify the second man involved. At the conclusion of the sentencing Richard Cunningham said:
“We are very keen to hear from anyone who knows the identity of the second man involved. It is believed he is from the Surrey area and undoubtedly knows John Gladwin and may have been a regular associate of his. This sentencing shows that robbery is a serious offence and those responsible will face tough justice. This man should not be allowed to get away with his crime.”
Anyone with information about the offender can contact DC Cunningham, in confidence, on 01582 473347, Call 101, text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers.