Deptford man who robbed Dartford bank left pregnant Gillingham cashier terrified (From News Shopper)
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Deptford man who robbed Dartford bank left pregnant Gillingham cashier terrified
A DEPTFORD bank robber who left a terrified pregnant cashier traumatised following a bungled Santander raid has been jailed for six years.
Darren Katumba, of Millard Road, was arrested minutes after the failed robbery of a Santander in Gillingham.
He had handed the cashier a note saying: "This is a robbery. Give me £1,000 in £50 notes. Give me another thousand in £20 notes. Give me all your £10 notes. No envelopes quick calm careful."
But the quick-thinking woman pressed a button that activated security shutters around the counter, forcing Katumba to run out empty-handed.
After scouring trains, the 21-year-old was found by Kent Police, who had already changed out of the clothes he used during the failed raid.
Detectives quickly charged Katumba with both the Gillingham offence and another robbery in the Co-operative bank in Dartford that took place on June 27.
On that occasion, he escaped with £2,000 after again approached the paying-in counter and handed an employee a note instructing him to hand over notes of different denominations. The note also warned against any "funny business".
In interview, he claimed he had carried out the first robbery after getting deep into debt after he moved out of home. He said he had thought bank robbery would be a victimless crime and decided not to use a weapon after researching possible sentences if he was caught.
At Maidstone Crown Court on October 16, Katumba admitted one count of robbery and another of attempted robbery.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Steve Day of Kent Police said: "Katumba's actions terrified and traumatised staff at both banks. He may have thought they would be victimless crimes against the bank but no matter who he thought he was stealing from, the employees were real and vulnerable people.
"They were left shaken and scared in their place of work, where they should feel safe and in control.
"There is no excuse for committing crimes like these. I welcome his six-year sentence and hope it gives him ample opportunity to reflect on his actions."
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