Bad handwriting prevents man from robbing a bank in UK’s Sussex
A threatening note was giving to a cashier at a bank in UK’s Eastbourne by a man who entered there. However, the cashier could not decipher the note due to its poor handwriting and the man had to leave empty-handed.
The police in a statement said the man, a retiree Alan Slattery, 67, has been jailed for robbing one bank and attempting to rob two others in East Sussex.
According to Sussex Police, Alan Slattery entered three banks in Hastings and Eastbourne in the space of two weeks, and used written notes to ask the cashiers to hand over money.
In his first attempt, Slattery went to the Nationwide Building Society in Terminus Road on March 18 this year. He handed over a handwritten note to a staffer in the bank asking for money but due to poor handwriting, the employee was unable to read it. Slattery left the branch empty-handed.
Staff at the bank later managed to read the note, which said “your screen won’t stop what I’ve got, just hand over the 10s and the 20s. Think about the other customers”. They then rang police, who attended and seized the note and CCTV footage from inside the bank.
In his second attempt on March 26, Slattery entered the Nationwide Building Society branch in London Road St Leonards. This time, his handwritten note worked as the cashier, in fear for her safety, handed over £2,400 in cash to him.
Police attended and viewed CCTV from the bank and surrounding businesses, which showed Slattery boarding a bus moments after the robbery. Enquiries with the bus company identified Slattery from the picture on his bus pass, which matched that as the person seen in the bank’s CCTV.
Slattery then tried robbing NatWest bank in Havelock Road, Hastings on April 1, but was met by a defiant cashier who refused to hand him over the money. Slattery had to return empty-handed.
This time, the police officers attended the last known address for Slattery and identified him walking in the vicinity. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery.
Slattery pleaded guilty to all three offences, and was given a six-year extended sentence, comprising four years in custody and two years on licence.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jay Fair, said: “These incidents caused fear and distress to both the employees working in the banks, and to the wider public.
“I’d like to thank all the victims and witnesses who supported our investigation, and I’m pleased to see the severity of the offences reflected in the sentence handed out by the court.”