An amateurish robber who succeeded in only two of six attempts and was told by one potential victim to 'stop kidding' was sent to jail for 10 years yesterday. Deputy Judge Peter Line told Fu Choi-chung, 37, he could not avoid a lengthy jail term even though no one had been hurt, his haul had not been large and he had used only an air pistol. Fu pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to two counts of robbery, four of attempted robbery and one of possessing dangerous drugs. Prosecuting barrister Michael Arthur said Fu committed the attacks between November 14 and 20 last year. On the first day, he tried unsuccessfully to rob two pawn shops in Shanghai Street, Mong Kok. He fled when a staff member pressed an alarm bell after Fu handed over an envelope marked with the message, 'Robbery 300,000'. He was more successful on his third attempt of the day when he went to a Jockey Club betting centre in Yuen Long, bought a Mark Six ticket and handed over a similar note. Noticing that he had a pistol-like object, a staff member pressed the alarm and gave him HK$17,500. Next day, disguised in a mask and a cap, Fu robbed the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch in Tai Hing Estate of HK$33,000. But his success ended there because on his next attempt, at a Caltex petrol station in Tai Wo Service Road East on November 16, the female cashier brushed away his 'weapon' when she realised it was not a genuine firearm and told him to stop kidding. He walked out without any money after she dialled 999. On the last occasion, Fu walked into a Dah Sing Bank in Tin Shui Wai and grabbed the neck of a female customer with one hand and held his 'pistol' in the other. The woman managed to free herself and Fu grabbed a 78-year-old male customer around the neck, shouting, 'robbery'. But no one responded as all the staff were lying on the floor and the alarm had been activated. He released his hostage and ran from the bank, yelling, 'Drop dead. No one has given me money'. The prosecutor also said police seized 8,084 tablets of the drug estazolam (for insomnia) from Fu's home in Jazz Garden, Sheung Shui. Defence barrister Lawrence Poots said Fu committed the offences because he was indebted to loansharks after he lost more than HK$400,000 gambling in Macau. Fu had previous convictions for robbery and burglary in 1987 when he was placed on probation. He was jailed for three years in 1990 for manslaughter.