Two arrested after woman grabbed by hair and cash demanded in robbery

Two men have been arrested and an imitation firearm recovered following a robbery at a betting shop in Oldham.

Shortly after 10pm on Sunday 26 January 2013, two men – one of whom was carrying a gun – burst into Ladbrokes on Albion Street as it was being shut for the evening.

They grabbed the woman who was working there by the hair and demanded cash while making threats, with one offender even telling her, “I’ll bust a cap in you.”

She handed over some cash and the men ran off.

Two men matching a description of the offenders were identified by council staff operating the local CCTV and the pairs movements were traced and relayed to police.

Armed officers were deployed to Waterloo Street and following a short chase two teenagers, aged 19 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and a bag containing cash was recovered.

Officers followed the route taken and an imitation firearm was recovered.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Hankinson, said: “Two men assaulted and threatened a woman at gunpoint during what must have been an extremely terrifying robbery last night.

“Following this incident we deployed specialist firearms officers to the area and with the aid of CCTV operators swiftly arrested two men and recovered some cash.

“To arrest two suspected armed robbers so quickly after the incident is an excellent result and credit must go to everyone involved for their professionalism, dedication and determination.

“It also highlights the obvious benefits of having such a good network of CCTV cameras and operators in the area and shows what can be achieved by working so closely with our partner agencies.”