The theft of winnings upsets the betting public more anything else in the world of gaming entertainment. Add to this case that the victim was elderly and a regular at the betting shop only fuels the fire to the fervor that this theft has stoked. A 77 year old gentleman was taken for up to £15,000 at a William Hill betting shop in the morning of September 21st. The betting shop in question is the one located on Cowbridge Road East, Canton.
Initial reports indicated that the man had frequented this location for the purpose of collecting some winnings owed to him. Police are not entirely certain this was the reason for the man’s visit.
What the authorities are more sure of is the following. Two Caucasians wearing nondescript dark clothing are prime persons of interest in this case. During the morning in question, the pensioner had left the bag of cash momentarily unattended. When his attention returned to the table, he noticed the bag had been taken. Management at the betting shop was notified and in turn contacted the authorities. The shop was temporarily closed and the area taped off so the police could conduct their investigation.
Police are labeling this a a theft as no use or threat of violence was made. Speculation is still unsure if this was more of a crime of opportunity or whether the perpetrators were scoping the area for victims. A plea to the public is being made for anyone that has information regarding the case to step forward. The area that the shop is located in has high traffic during this time of the day.
Representatives from William Hill would not comment on the particulars of this case pending the completion of the investigation. They would indicate that the Association of British Bookmakers may offer a reward to spur the pursuit and capture of the miscreants.
This is a valuable lesson for bettors both young and old. The betting shops are a safe place provided that you keep your wits about you during the entire visit. Nothing of value should be left unattended in a place of business for even a moment. A £15,000 misstep that the victim or anyone else is sure to be more careful about in the future.