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Armed Edinburgh betting shop thief Sean Orman jailed

A serial thief who targeted Edinburgh bookmakers in a string of armed raids has been jailed for five years.

Sean Orman was caught after his final robbery when a customer alerted police and gave them registration details of his getaway car.

Orman, of no fixed abode, earlier admitted carrying out three assault and robberies at betting shops between 24 September and 6 October 2014.

The 24-year-old is to be kept under supervision for a further two years.

A judge told Orman at the High Court in Edinburgh: "The offences must have been very frightening."

'Great distress'

Lady Wolffe said that the violent nature suggested that he was a high risk of re-offending.

The judge said the attacks had been premeditated and employees should expect to be safe in their workplace.

He first struck at a branch of William Hill in the city's Bernard Street on 24 September 2014 armed with a knife, stealing £470.

He struck again five days later at a Ladbrokes Bookmakers in Longstone Road, stealing £962.

His third raid was on 6 October at a branch of William Hill in Balgreen Road, when he stole £400.

Defence solicitor advocate Stuart Carson said much of Orman's adult life was blighted by drug abuse.

Det Insp Stuart Houston, of Police Scotland, said: "We welcome the sentencing of Sean Orman who targeted three bookmakers in the city, stole quantities of cash from each one and caused great distress to those working in the premises at the time.

"This sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this behaviour in our communities, and perpetrators will be brought before the courts."

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