Why did Sikes and Toby abandon Oliver?

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The entire plan for robbing the fancy house revolved around having a small enough burglar to fit into the windwo who could then go and open the door for the other two thieves.  Sikes and Toby obviously can't do it so they bring Oliver along to make the whole thing possible.

Once Oliver gets in the window, the people inside have already heard him and are ready for their entrance.  They begin shooting at Oliver and at the thieves outside so of course Toby and Sikes run off because they don't want to get caught up as the police are coming and they can just leave Oliver there to take the blame.

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