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An armed robber who targeted bookies across south-east London has been found guilty.

Okeeno Blair threatened victims at gun-point and demanded the keys and alarm codes to the bookmakers.

He, along with an unknown accomplice, would steal the victim's phone and hold them captive whilst his partner raided the shop, stealing cash and both escaping on foot.

Detective Inspector Nick Blackburn, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “Blair was responsible for carrying out this spree of terrifying and brazen robberies over approximately six weeks. A number of Ladbrokes employees had a gun pointed at them, and they feared for their lives.

 

"His prompt arrest and conviction has averted a potential serious threat to public safety and commercial premises in particular.

“Blair has now been found guilty of his crimes, and faces a lengthy prison sentence.”

Blair, 23, stole £27,400 over five robberies at Ladbrokes branches in the Lewisham between November and January.

The robber, of Woodvale, Forest Hill, was arrested on Wednesday, 11 January.

He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment on Wednesday, July 12 after a two-week trail at Woolwich Crown Court.

David Kesse, 20, of Westwood Park, Forest Hill was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.