Eithan Teanby jailed for post office and bank robbery

  • 15 January 2013
  • From the section England
Eithan Teanby
Image caption Eithan Teanby robbed a Lincolnshire post office and targeted two Nottinghamshire banks

A criminal who robbed a post office and two banks while on the run from prison has been jailed indefinitely.

Eithan Teanby was granted leave from HMP North Sea Camp, in Boston, in May but he absconded and went on a crime spree, seriously injuring two people.

The 41-year-old was handed an indeterminate jail term with a minimum of seven years for robbery, attempted robbery and carrying a bladed article.

Nottinghamshire Police described him as a "prolific criminal".

'Broad daylight'

Teanby robbed East Common Lane Post Office, in Scunthorpe, on 21 May 2012, the day he was due to return to North Sea Camp where he was serving a sentence for robbery, GBH and assault.

During his attack on the store, he wounded two members of staff with a weapon.

He then travelled to Nottingham where he unsuccessfully targeted Santander bank in Clumber Street, on 29 May 2012, by pretending to hide a gun in his pocket.

The following day, he leapt on the counter and threatened staff with a knife in the Halifax in Commercial Road, Bulwell, taking handfuls of cash and dropping notes in the street as he ran off.

But on 3 June he was spotted acting suspiciously by an officer in the city centre and was arrested.

Det Con Adam Cooper, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Teanby was a violent and prolific criminal who wasn't deterred from committing further crimes by the fact he was wanted by two different police forces.

"He brazenly targeted both the post office and the banks in broad daylight and in one case waited in line, posing as a customer, before seizing his moment."

He was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday after admitting the offences at an earlier hearing.

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