Man robbed bookies wearing creepy rubber mask ‘like something from horror film’

A man who robbed a number of bookmakers wearing a creepy rubber mask and holding a fake revolver has been jailed.

Andrae Moncrieffe has been caged for 10 years after he was convicted at Inner London Crown Court.

The court heard that the 37-year-old threatened staff with an imitation firearm when he robbed three south London bookmakers on December 15 and 27, 2019.

He was found guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of possession of an imitation firearm whilst committing a schedule one offence, London News Online reports.

Detective Chief Inspector Ann Marie Waller, from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad, said: "These robberies were absolutely terrifying ordeals for the staff members and customers involved.

"They were all in fear for their lives as they truly believed that Moncrieffe was armed. Moncrieffe went to great lengths to try and conceal his identity, including wearing a prosthetic rubber face mask that looked like something out of a horror film.

"However, detailed witness accounts and painstaking detective work by the Flying Squad ensured overwhelming evidence was put forward at his trial and the jury found him guilty.

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"I am glad that the sentence handed down reflects the danger that Moncrieffe poses to the public."

The robberies were committed in Peckham, Denmark Hill and Nunhead.

An investigation into the robberies was initially conducted by local officers but was later taken over by detectives from the Met Police's Flying Squad.

During the Nunhead robbery, a male staff member bravely tried to trap Moncrieffe, of Southwark, inside the shop as he collected the money.

But the robber was too strong and aggressive and as he went for the gun in his waistband the employee allowed him to exit.

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