Bulgarians Bust Brit Armed Robber Wanted For Leeds Job

Story ByAngjela TrajkovskaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

Bulgarian police have arrested a British man accused of carrying out an armed robbery in Leeds in 2015 and are in the process of extraditing him back to the UK.

The 41-year-old Brit, named in Bulgarian media as ‘Owen O’Neill Walcot’, was arrested in the eastern Bulgarian port city of Burgas on armed robbery charges dating back to 2015, according to reports.

The European Arrest Warrant states that the crime took place at a car dealership in the city of Leeds.


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The business owner was reportedly hurt with a machete and a gun was fired during the alleged robbery.

The authorities believe that O.W. was accompanied by four colleagues during the reported theft of car parts worth over 140,000 GBP.

It is also believed that the suspect has used as many as 53 different aliases.

Meanwhile, the suspect claimed that he has lived in Bulgaria with his 32-year-old partner and their young daughter after being arrested in the UK in 2016 and released without charge.

He said that he rented a van which he lent to a friend and later found out that it was used in the alleged robbery.

O.W. claimed that he arrived in Bulgaria two years ago and was unaware that the UK authorities were looking for him after his initial release.

Reports said that the extradition process to send the suspect back to Britain is currently underway.