Rugby man sentenced to three years in prison for Coral bookies robbery in Hillmorton Road

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A jury found a Rugby man guilty of a robbery at a bookies in Rugby.

At 9.35am on April 18 2011 an armed robbery occurred at Coral in Hillmorton Road, Rugby, where a man threatened a staff member by claiming he had a gun. The man subsequently ran off on foot after stealing money from the shop.

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: “The robbery was caught on CCTV and images were quickly emailed to officers and a local identification made. An arrest followed and despite positive identification procedures, the suspect denied any involvement. He was subsequently charged.”

On Thursday (April 11), Scott Pryde, 35, from Rugby was found by a jury to be guilty of robbery following a two and a half day trial and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Detective Inspector Colin Jones said: “We are pleased with this conviction and hope to send a message to all those that seek to commit serious offences such as this, that they run the risk of substantial custodial sentences.

“Warwickshire Police prioritises all offences that cause harm to communities and will rigorously pursue offenders in circumstances such as these. I would like to thank the witnesses involved in this case for their support in seeing this offender sent to prison.”