A THUG on bail for robbery raided two shops just six days later.

Noel Wheatley struck on February 11 this year including at a Ladbrokes in Hardgate.

He had been freed by police less than a week earlier amid claims he held up a taxi driver.

But, the 30 year-old was soon held for the latest crimes after being recognised on CCTV.

Wheatley now faces a lengthy jail-term after he pled guilty to two assault and robbery charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

He first struck at a Scotmid store in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire while armed with a shotgun.

Wheatley demanded cash before fleeing with £780.

Around two hours later, he then confronted a female worker at the Ladbrokes in Hardgate, with the gun.

The woman was in there alone at the time.

Prosecutor Angela Gray said: “She ran into the back shop and into the staff toilet where she locked the door.

“She kept pressing the panic button and described feeling terrified.

“She could hear the sound of coins being moved around – Wheatley emptied the till.”

Wheatley eventually got away with just over £300.

Police soon linked the two raids. Wheatley was later identified from CCTV footage.

The hearing was told Wheatley had been released on bail by police in Berkshire after it was alleged he robbed a cabbie.

Lord Boyd remanded him in custody and deferred sentencing for reports.