olice have released shocking footage of an armed robber calmly walking into a bank in sunglasses before escaping with thousands of pounds after threatening cashiers with weapons.
Steven Ifield, 52, has now been jailed for 16 years after targeting two banks and a post office in east London in a four-week crime spree.
The robber, who did not attempt to cover his face, pointed an imitation handgun that appeared real at terrified staff before using a walking stick folded in to look like a shotgun in another raid.
Ifield was found guilty of two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of possession of an imitation firearm at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Between October 7 and November 7 2019, Ifield targeted two banks and a post office in Gants Hill and Wanstead.
At the banks, Ifield managed to steal cash and stuffed it into his coat before fleeing. He made off with £3,230 from one raid and £1,360 from the other.
His attempt to rob the post office was foiled when staff refused to open the till, telling him it was on a time lock.
PC Stefen Rule, from the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, said: “Ifield has a long and serious offending history, including nine previous armed robberies. Each one will have caused a huge amount of distress to the innocent members of staff who were targeted.
“I am pleased that he will no longer be able to pose a threat to the public. I hope that these convictions and the length of the sentence imposed by the court will be of some comfort to the victims and help alleviate the trauma they have experienced.”