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Bank robber caught after his getaway car was traced to his home address

Bank robber Martyn Weldrick Credit: Kent Police

A bank robber who was caught after his getaway car was traced to his home address has been jailed.

Martyn Weldrick, 45, stole more that £6,000 from two banks in Hythe and Maidstone in late 2014 after threatening staff with a gun.

He was arrested after being chased by customers who noted the registration on his getaway car which was traced to his home address in Ormonde Road, Hythe.

His fingerprints were later linked him to forensic evidence left at the scene of the Hythe robbery.

Weldrick pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Martyn Weldrick’s behaviour was wholly unacceptable and for his own selfish financial gain. He put innocent people in fear of being killed while they worked for honest money.

Hopefully this sentence will give him a chance to reflect on that fact, and act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks robbing from a bank is a victimless crime.

The staff and customers of both banks acted with courage and good instinct to provide quality evidence which has secured this conviction.

– Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith, Kent Police