Cowardly ‘Grinning Bandit’ snared in Spanish hide-out

Roderick Williamson was told he faces jail when he next appears in court.
Roderick Williamson was told he faces jail when he next appears in court.
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A ROBBER who demanded money from a cashier at a High Street building society finally faced justice this week.

Roderick Williamson faces an “inevitable” prison sentence after admitting a charge of robbery at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday.

A CCTV image of the man who robbed Melton Mowbray Building Society, Grantham.

A CCTV image of the man who robbed Melton Mowbray Building Society, Grantham.

Williamson, 62, walked into Melton Mowbray Building Society in Grantham in May of last year and demanded money, claiming he was carrying a weapon. He walked out with £1,800 in cash.

After fleeing the country - first to France and then to Spain - Williamson evaded the authorities for a year before he was finally caught in Alicante earlier this summer.

Williamson was extradited back to Britain last week and charged with robbery.

Judge Sean Morris told Williamson: “Custody is inevitable for an offence as serious as this.”

Williamson spoke only to confirm his name, plead guilty and thank the court before being lead back to the cells after being remanded in custody while reports are prepared.

He will next appear in court on October 21 for sentencing.

DS Jon Shield of Lincolnshire Police said: “Williamson stole a significant amount of cash and thought he could get away with his crime by fleeing the country. The fact that we tracked him down and made the arrest really does demonstrate that you can run but you can’t hide.

“We hope this sends out a clear message to criminals in Lincolnshire that we will find you and we will bring you to justice.

“We also hope that this reassures victims of crime that we do persevere with investigations no matter where they take us and no matter how complex they become.”

Williamson was dubbed the “Grinning Bandit” following the robbery after CCTV cameras captured his smile of satisfaction as he left the building society.

Following the robbery, police thanked the Journal readership for its help in finding out Williamson’s identity. Officers had a ‘fantastic response’ from Journal readers after CCTV images were released.