A man who forced his way into a flat and threatened to shoot the residents has been jailed for eight years after the whole incident was transmitted via a games console.
Jay Georgiou, 19, was one of a pair of robbers who burst into the home in Tenterden Close and demanded that the three men inside give them money and drugs.
The victims had been playing the Xbox game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 online with a friend who was in Brighton when the robbers entered the flat, shortly before 5pm on April 1.
Georgiou, who was wearing a crash helmet, hit one of the trio over the head with what appeared to be a handgun and the second man grabbed a knife from the kitchen before they tied up the residents and threatened to shoot or stab them unless they gave them drugs and money.
Astonishingly, Georgiou stopped during the robbery to take a phone call from his probation officer. The robbers then grabbed a laptop, mobile phones and the Xbox with games and left.
They did not realise that the robbery had been witnessed by the friend in Brighton via the games console and he raised the alarm after hearing the victims being threatened and assaulted.
Officers tracked down Georgiou from his description and arrested him in Milfoil Drive just two hours later.
Georgiou, of Northbourne Road, was convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm when he appeared in court. He was jailed for eight years at Brighton Crown Court on July 11 and ordered to pay £120 costs.
Detectives are still trying to identify the other man involved. He was wearing a ski mask or balaclava and is thought to be white, 20 to 25 with ginger hair.
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.”
If you know anything about the robbery call 101 quoting serial 1220 of 01/04, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.