Idiot robber who bragged on Facebook is jailed

Gary Pacitti
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A spaced out armed robber who boasted of his exploits on social media after a raid has been jailed for four years and ordered to change his ­“chaotic lifestyle”.

Gary Pacitti, 22, had taken a cocktail of valium and alcohol before he robbed Ladbrokes in Portobello High Street along with three other masked men, who were never caught.

Pacitti was so high that he had to be given directions by his accomplices, two of whom were wearing white forensic suits. As the gang – armed with a hammer and imitation gun – fled with £4100 and an Armani watch stolen from a manager, one of the robbers said: “Gary, this way.”

Pacitti was nicked when he posted on Facebook: “I love money, that’s my problem.”

The message was spotted by his sister and when she asked Pacitti what he had done he replied: “Ladbrokes Portobello.”

She contacted police – who caught up with Pacitti a week after the March 2 robbery but found that he was too drunk to be interviewed.

Pacitti’s DNA was also found on a dust mask recovered near an Audi used as a getaway car which had been abandoned near Danderhall.

He was on bail, deferred sentence, a drug treatment and testing order (DTTO) and a community payback order at the time of the raid.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, the 22-year-old was warned by Lord Kinclaven that he had to clean himself up to avoid facing a “revolving door” of prison.

Jailing Pacitti for four years and four months, Lord Kinclaven told him: “Clearly there is no alternative to a significant custodial sentence.”

He said Pacitti would have been jailed for six and a half years if he had not pleaded guilty to assault and robbery at an early stage.

The judge added: “This was a frightening incident involving masked men, an imitation handgun and a hammer. There has been no recovery of the £4100 cash or the watch.”

Defence advocate Iain Paterson said his client, who lived at Bellenden Gardens until his arrest, had no previous convictions for violent crime.

He said: “Having been placed on the DTTO, things were ­going relatively well. He was co-operating. But he relapsed into his misuse of valium and alcohol, which resulted in a fairly chaotic lifestyle.”

He added: “His intention is to undergo what courses he can while in prison, including relapse prevention in relation to drugs.”

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com