Prison escape armed robber jailed in Merseyside

A fugitive who admitted committing a string of armed robberies up and down the country while he was on the run has been jailed for 13 years.

Lyndon Stein, 49, of Merseyside, was serving a life sentence for armed robberies when he escaped from HMP Spring Hill, Buckinghamshire in April.

He raided shops, travel agents and a bank throughout May and June.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he often pretended to have a shotgun in a bag and screamed threats at staff.

His 13 raids took place in Oxford, Bristol, Gloucester, Wigan, Warrington, Blackpool, St Helens and Newton-le-Willows, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

'Extremely distressed'

He was arrested in Newton-le-Willows in Merseyside on 16 June after he committed a robbery at a Spar store armed with a large kitchen knife and was captured on CCTV.

Stein pleaded guilty to escaping from custody, 10 robberies, 10 counts of having an imitation firearm, two attempted robberies and two counts of having an offensive weapon.

Rachael Barber from the CPS said: "Lyndon Stein was a prolific and violent offender who often targeted female staff in a series of armed raids up and down the country.

"He was reckless as to the impact his actions were having on the people who got in his way and his sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes."

Det Insp Andy Milligan said: "Robberies, such as these, are not victimless crimes and the staff members involved in these incidents were left extremely distressed by their ordeals.

"I hope that this sentencing brings them a sense of justice."

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