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updated 10/26/2010 6:08:54 PM ET 2010-10-26T22:08:54

MANCHESTER, England — A masked man who robbed a U.K. bookmaker is in jail now because he took off his disguise an instant too early.

After waving a handgun, demanding and receiving a bag of money from a frightened clerk, the man paused as he walked out the door. He then removed his scarf. Security cameras were able to capture a clear picture of his face.

His photograph was published in local media and the Manchester Police published the video on YouTube. His mother recognized him and made him turn himself into police.

Lorenzo Mason, 21, will serve five years in jail for the crime, Sky News reported.

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