Three found guilty and sentenced for faking robbery of Cranleigh Betfred

Three people have been sentenced for plotting to fake a robbery at a Surrey bookmakers where two of them worked.

On the evening of May 20, 2018, Kiziah Annan and Lewis Phillips were working at Betfred in Cranleigh when they reported that a robbery had taken place.

They described a suspect who they claimed had stolen £6,000. Annan was working as an assistant manager at the betting shop at the time.

However, when taking statements from the pair, police officers noticed they were acting suspiciously.

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Piecing together CCTV footage, mobile phone contact between Annan and Annan’s ex-boyfriend Julius Lewis, bank statements and sightings of Lewis’s car in the area of the robbery, detectives gathered sufficient evidence to charge all three with plotting to fake a robbery.

Detective Constable Kerry Plumb, who assisted on the case, said: “DC Michael Taylor worked extremely hard on this case prior to his retirement from Surrey Police.

“Annan and Phillips completely gave themselves away in the way they behaved with the attending officers and it quickly became evident that the ‘robbery’ had been staged. Lewis’ involvement in this was also shortly identified.

“The sentences reflect the fact that the suspects’ deception was premeditated by them as a group, and that two of them were willing to steal from their employer and thought they could get away with it.”

Annan, 23, of The Ridgeway in Cranleigh and 24-year-old Phillips, High Street in Guildford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and perverting the course of justice.

Annan’s ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Julius Lewis, of Selsdon Road in Croydon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Annan received a nine-month custodial sentence and Lewis Phillips received a four-month sentence suspended for two years. Phillips was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,000 in compensation and £1,500 in costs.

Lewis received a five-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation and £1,500 in costs.

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