A GUNMAN who escaped with cash in a raid on a betting shop in Hucknall town centre was the brother of a policeman, a court heard.
Ryan Robinson (25) was later identified by the officer after being traced to an address in St Ann’s.
Robinson had a conviction for a ‘carbon copy’ robbery in 2008, it was disclosed.
At Nottingham Crown Court last Friday (October 7), he was sentenced to an indefinite prison-term for the protection of the public.
He will have to serve at least three-and-a-half-years before he can be considered for parole.
Judge Jonathan Teare praised an unnamed Hucknall man who took the number of the getaway car in the robbery. He awarded him £250.
Robinson pleaded guilty last month to the robbery at Ladbrokes on High Street at 6.50 pm on Monday June 6 this year. He also admitted having an imitation handgun.
At first, he denied the offences but changed his plea after the court’s lunchtime adjournment.
Robinson, who was with an accomplice, pulled the ball-bearing gun from his trousers and waved it underneath the security glass as he demanded money, said Michael Auty (prosecuting).
A member of staff handed him £200 from the till and a further £200 from the safe.
The two men ran to a nearby car but they had been observed by a member of the public.
“The man noticed the car when it drove into the space and saw two people putting on extra layers and attempting to obscure their faces with their clothing,’ said Mr Auty.
“Ten minutes later, he saw the two men, one of them Robinson, run back to the car park at great speed.’
A glove was dropped as the extra clothing was removed and the police were directed to it.
Robinson had been sentenced to four years in prison after acting as a getaway driver in a raid on Ladbrokes, Mansfield Road, Sherwood in 2008.
In mitigation, Matthew Smith called for credit for Robinson’s guilty pleas.
Judge Teare told Robinson, of Sargent Gardens, St Ann’s: ‘One of the victims thought she might die because of the threats you made. I believe you pose a significant risk of harm to the public.”
After the hearing, Det Con Tony Tonks, who investigated the case, said the armed raid had left the betting-shop staff “very shaken”.
Det Con Tonks, who is based at Hucknall CID, added: “For one of the people working at the shop, it really affected their health and wellbeing and was a shocking incident.
“Fortunately, there was a member of the public who saw what was happening and wrote down the registration of the car which was used to leave the scene of the crime.
“This evidence was instrumental in our case, and we are grateful for this man’s actions.”