AN ARMED robber who stole thousands of pounds from a string of bookmakers after he threatened staff with a gun has been jailed.
Marcus Moore, 33 and of no fixed address, was sentenced to 17 years and four months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to seven charges of possession of an imitation firearm, four charges of robbery, three of attempted robbery and one charge of theft.
Moore was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court after he admitted the charges on March 21.
Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad arrested Moore on February 16 after analysis of CCTV footage linked him to a series of robberies and attempted robberies.
Moore armed himself with an imitation gun to carry out the crimes at bookmakers in Bromley, Newham and Essex, as well as at a Post Office in Bromley. In total, he stole £4,818.
During police interview, Moore said he had committed the offences to fund his heroin addiction.
Detective Constable Katie Scott, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: "The recent spate of robberies posed a serious danger, not just to the employees of the bookmaking industry, but to the people of London as a whole.
"Marcus Moore is a ruthless, career criminal who carried out these acts of violence to fund his drug addiction. As a result of this prosecution Moore is now behind bars for a significant period of time.
"I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses of these frightening offences who had the bravery to support the investigation."