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  • 24 July 2014, 2:46

'Brutal' Robber Caught Through Xbox Game

An armed robber who threatened to shoot three men during a flat raid was caught after his crime was broadcast through an online Xbox game.

Jay Georgiou, 19, and an accomplice broke into a home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on April 1 while one of the victims was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with a friend in nearby Brighton.

Georgiou hit one of the men with an imitation handgun and both robbers threatened to shoot and stab their victims if they did not give them money and drugs.

They then tied them up and left the flat with a laptop, mobile phones and the Xbox console, Sussex Police said.

The friend overheard the robbery on his gaming headset and called police, who arrested Georgiou a mile away just two hours later.

Georgiou, of Eastbourne, was jailed for eight years for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at Brighton Crown Court on July 11.

Detective constable Richard Holder said: "This was a terrifying incident for the victims who appear to have been targeted entirely by mistake.

"The robbers were brutal in their treatment of the friends but Georgiou even stopped during the incident to take a phone call from his probation officer as he had missed an appointment.

"We will continue to work to track down the other robber involved so that he, too, can face justice like Georgiou."

The second man was wearing a ski mask or balaclava and threatened the men with a knife he picked up in their kitchen, police said.

He is believed to be white with ginger hair and aged between 20 and 25.

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