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4 May 2010, 06:00
Detectives in Luton investigating an armed robbery which happened on Sunday evening are asking the public for information.
Two men entered the Ladbrokes shop in Chapel Street, Luton, at approximately 5:45pm and threatened the members of staff with what appeared to be a hand gun.
The offenders then left the shop with cash and made off through Matalan car park, into an alley between Cost Cutter store and Oliver public house towards London Road.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Wayne Bird, is keen to trace anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area on Sunday evening.
The main offender is black, in his mid twenties, with a stocky build and approximately 5’9” tall. He was wearing a dark blue coat and a dark blue woolly hat. The fleece collar of his coat was pulled up and his face was partially covered.
The second offender is black, in his early twenties, with a slim build and approximately 5’8” tall with black short hair and a wispy moustache. He was wearing a dark blue woolly hat and a dark blue and grey jacket.
DC Bird has been telling Heart:
“This was a very frightening experience for the members of staff who were so afraid they handed over cash to the offenders before they left the premises on foot.”
“Bedfordshire Police and the people in Bedfordshire take firearms related crime extremely seriously and will not tolerate guns in our towns.
“With the help from the public we will continue to crackdown on criminals who use offensive weapons. And to help us do this we need to speak to anyone who may have been in the Chapel Street area on Sunday evening and noticed two men loitering close to the shop.”
Anyone with information can contact DC Bird at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394335, or text 07786 200011, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111