Armed robber jailed for 13 years


Convicted armed robber Lyndon Stein has today been sentenced to 13 years in jail for a spate of robberies committed while he was on the run from prison.

Stein, who is 49 and from Merseyside, was serving a life sentence for armed robberies when he escaped from HMP Springhill in Essex on 29 April 2013.

He embarked on a series of armed robberies up and down the country and a nationwide manhunt was launched by the police.

He was arrested in Newton le Willows on 16 June 2013 having just committed another armed robbery at the Spar store in High Street in the town.

Stein had gone armed with a large kitchen knife which he used to threaten two female assistants.

The incident was captured on CCTV and Merseyside Police arrested Stein later that night at the home of his friend, Joseph Simm.

Simm, who's 54 and Sarah Brennan, who's 27 and another friend of Stein's, were both later arrested for handling stolen goods and harbouring an offender.

Simm was sentenced to 6 months in prison and Brennan for 12 months at an earlier hearing.

Today (26 September 2013) Stein was sentenced to 12 years for the armed robberies and 1 year for the escape from prison.

After Stein was sentenced, Rachael Barber, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mersey-Cheshire said:  "Lyndon Stein was a prolific and violent offender who often targeted female staff in a series of armed raids up and down the country.

 "At each robbery he went armed with what appeared to be a gun or a knife, terrorising staff and bystanders. 

"He was reckless as to the impact his actions were having on the people who got in his way and his sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes.

"The work of the Crown Prosecution Service and police forces up and down the country has ensured that a dangerous man is now back behind bars for a long time."

Detective Inspector Andy Milligan said: "Robberies, such as these, are not victimless crimes and the staff members involved in these incidents were left extremely distressed by their ordeals. I hope that today's sentencing brings them a sense of justice.

"Merseyside Police, with partners in other forces, worked tirelessly to find Stein so he could be brought to justice. I hope that his imprisonment sends out a message to the public that we will not rest until those involved in criminality are taken off our streets.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the partners, including the Crown Prosecution Service, for their hard work in bringing about this conviction and sentence. I would also like to thank the local community for their assistance - we received a number of calls from the community when we were seeking Stein 's whereabouts."