Youth convicted of three bank robberies


A teenager who robbed three banks over a three week period has today been handed a two year detention and training order at Wolverhampton Youth Court.

The first robbery took place on 28 February 2017 when the 16-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered the TSB bank in Oldbury, gave the cashier a note which stated he had a gun and demanded that cash be handed over to him. Approximately £840 was stolen from the bank.

On 9 March 2017, the defendant entered the same bank, handed a note to a member of staff which stated he had a gun and stole approximately £1240.

His final bank robbery took place on 15 March 2017 when he entered Barclays Bank in Oldbury. He again handed the cashier a note which stated he had a gun and ordered the member of staff to hand him over the cash. He stole approximately £450.

Images of the defendant were released by the police and he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery.

Meloney Hughes, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Over a three week period, the defendant entered three banks, threatened the bank staff and stole over £2,500.

"Each robbery was carried out in a similar manner – he would enter the bank, hand the cashier a handwritten note which claimed that he was carrying a gun and demand that cash be given to him. His actions not only put the bank staff in fear of their lives, but also members of the public who were in the bank.

"The defendant will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."