Potato Peeler Robber Who Held Up Bookies Gets 5 Years Prison

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Jagajeet Chiba
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In one of the more bizarre robberies ever reported, a man was sentenced to 5 years behind bars for robbing a bookmaker.  The weapon:  A potato peeler!

Gary McGain, 29, hid the peeler in a sock so it looked like a gun and pointed it at a cashier’s head.

McGain appears to have been a serial robber, having hit the same bookmakers on at least one previous occasion.

The perpetrator is said to have had a gambling problem, owing significant amounts of money to a local loan shark.

McGain first struck Coral in Maghull.

Prosecutor Iain Criddle said: “He appeared to be carrying what was believed to be a handgun. It was half covered by a sock.

“He was given £550 in cash and ran off.”

McGain pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and two of carrying an imitation handgun.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com


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