Rustington robbers jailed for almost 15 years
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Graham Baker (left) and Billy Betts (right)
Two men who stormed into a bookmakers and declared “Merry Christmas, you’re getting robbed” have been jailed for a total of almost 15 years.
Around 6.20pm on Tuesday 17 December, two men entered Coral in The Street, Rustington, and demanded money from a single member of staff and assaulted her. They also claimed to be in possession of a gun.
The pair left the premises with a small quantity of cash but were arrested nearby shortly afterwards.
They were identified as Graham Baker, 44, unemployed, of Shadwells Road, Lancing, and Billy Betts, 28, a roofer, of Irene Avenue, Lancing.
Baker and Betts were subsequently charged with robbery and listed to appear before Lewes Crown Court on Friday 1 May.
Baker was sentenced to seven years and three months’ imprisonment; and Betts was sentenced to seven years and five months’ imprisonment.
Detective Constable Matt Watson said: “I’d like to commend the bravery of the victim and the numerous members of public who provided witness statements, which – together with overwhelming CCTV evidence – helped us bring these two violent offenders to justice.”