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Drunken man robs a UK betting shop, headbutts glass door to escape

Tags: betting shop, Birmingham, headbutt, Lee Moore, robbery.
Posted on 25 May 2017 by "T".

In a desperate attempt to flee the scene, a drunken gambler headbutted a UK betting shop's glass door after stealing £350 from the cash register drawer.

The suspect, Lee Moore, age 31, resident of Westacre Gardens, Stechford, was caught doing the deed via CCTV footage. He managed to get away from other punters who tried to stop him and was seen running towards the door of a William Hill betting shop Kings Heath branch in Birmingham. This was after he tussled with a cashier who triggered a device that locked the main doors.

With the door locked, he used his head to smash into glass panel, resulting to a horrible gash on his head.
Moore decided to rob the place after he lost hundreds of pounds (all the money he had on him) on a roulette machine there. He was still drunk from the night before.

Prosecutor Tom Walkling said, "He spent some hours playing a roulette machine and lost all the money he had. A number of customers tried to detain Moore. In the end he headbutted an upper glass panel in the door, and broke it with his own head, before climbing out and running away."

Walkling said the CCTV footage clearly identified Moore as the robber, and five days after the raid he surrendered to police, which took place on September 22, 2016.

Sandra Smith, the cashier who scuffled with Moore, had been psychologically traumatized and had her already-existing hip problem aggravated.

Defense lawyer Anthony Cartin conceded, saying "The CCTV makes rather strange and odd viewing and demonstrates his desperation. He made a silly decision. He tried to snatch the money and it became a robbery because of the bravery of the cashier. It was on the spur-of-the-moment. He made a determined attempt to get out by smashing glass which was effectively a double glazed glass door."

Judge Simon Drew QC passed the sentence, telling Moore, "You were still drunk from the night before and, no doubt, not thinking clearly. You gambled away everything you had and having done that you decide to help yourself to money from the till. Members of the public tried to stop you. I have seen CCTV stills and they hung on to you but you fought them off. You used your head to headbutt the glass at the front of the shop. I suspect that took some force to smash the glass. For anybody involved or present that must have been terrifying. They would have had no idea what you were going to do next, particularly if you had not been able to get out."

He was put behind bars for 18 months after admitting to what he did.



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11 comments on "Drunken man robs a UK betting shop, headbutts glass door to escape"

 pochui25/05/2017 10:44:40 GMT
wow what an epic exit... a headbutt on the double glazed glass door... i would skip the charges against him just due to the opportunity given to laugh so much about this breakout... only better scenario i imagine here would be not a headbutt but a butthead... breaking the glass door with his buttt
 dule-vu25/05/2017 13:29:08 GMT
now he have 18 months to think about this and probably he wont gamble after he drink!to smash glass with had,what to say!and he only took 350 pounds!now he will be for long time in jail for this small amount!
 Calmplay25/05/2017 20:37:24 GMT
Poor Sandra the cashier, even if I'm very very drunk I don't think I could do this. Must be something that crossed his mind when he is sober. Too bad we don't have the video from the CCTV recordings...

 Mober25/05/2017 21:07:41 GMT
It is one more addition to dont drink and... Smile
Dont drink and play roulette.. Actually, dont get drunk and gamble at all.
You cant control yourself sober, let alone being drunk.
He lost his money and he is going to jail too...
 damosk26/05/2017 07:00:11 GMT
A wonderful story from the heart of England on this occasion. Sadly there are all toooooo many people like Moore who take the opportunity to replenish their losses by taking from others and then using violence against them when they try to stop it. So one sore headed loser in jail..... for about 6 months before he gets released on tag to go and gamble and drink away to his hearts content once more!
 Tony_MON7ANA26/05/2017 07:41:27 GMT
18-months imprisonment! The perpetrator screwed up his life. He is not going to be able to get a decent job with a felony on his record after getting out of prison. Maybe he is contemplating how to escape from prison before completing his sentence.
 Gerimantas26/05/2017 07:46:48 GMT
Ha ha funny man, i would like to see this action when he broke the glass door with his head, this is a bit strange to see him not getting a knockout to himself Big Smile must be well trained guy, also 18 months in prison looks very big, he didn't do much, he can return money and buy new door? Why prison?
 doubletop77726/05/2017 08:02:04 GMT
This guy must have been desperate to do such a thing and i am glad that they have caught him. At least he only butted the glass door and not another member of the public
 Odysseus10126/05/2017 10:54:27 GMT
He clearly wasn't thinking straight when he decided to give it the old Glasgow kiss. Here have to be ways to break a door which are less likely to cause one injury, like a kick or an elbow. This poor fellow needs a time out to re-evaluate, looks like he's getting it.
 dule-vu26/05/2017 14:41:04 GMT
probably he didnt do this becuase of money!he was drunk and mad because he lost money,but this is not such a big amount in england,so probably it was just because lost on roulette and now he will think about it for 14 months!
 Gerimantas27/05/2017 19:27:08 GMT
Yes he was drunk he kist his last miney and was really mad, but he didn't injure anyone or even worse kill someone, he only took a small amount of money and broke the door, yes this us a crume but not so big crime to get prison, he can get some fine and pay back the money stolen and order new door and maybe oay the cashier for stress

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