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11 July 2011, 13:20
Police have issued these CCTV photos of a man wearing fake side burns who robbed a Ladbrokes betting shop at gunpoint in Dyke Road, Brighton, this morning (Monday 11 July).
The robber threatened a woman staff member with a handgun and demanded cash at 10am. He made off with between £400 and £500 and turned right heading south. The woman was unhurt but shaken.
Detectives are linking this robbery with one last Thursday (7 July) when a man wearing a fake beard entered William Hill Bookmakers in George Street, Hove, at 8.25am and threatened staff with what looked like a black handgun. He made off with only a set of keys. No one was hurt in either robbery.
The suspect today was described as about 6', with dark hair, wearing false brown side burns, dark sun glasses and dark clothing.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the man making off in Dyke Road should call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Shelley.