The stepson of a prolific bank robber has been jailed for nine years for being the getaway driver in a Bridlington armed robbery.
Jordan Lydon, 24, was nailed by his phone apps being the getaway driver for a gang that escaped with almost £360,000 from armed raids on a TSB in Bridlington and RBS bank in Derbyshire.
Lydon was unaware apps on his phone would could triangulate his position to phone masts, even when his phone was not used, placing him near the scene. The police had few clues to who had done the robbery. There was no direct forensic evidence. The guns and money have not been found.
His stepfather, Michael Lydon, 51, who was accused of masterminding the bank raids, was cleared in a trial at Hull Crown Court. He had served 18 years after being convicted of another conspiracy to steal more than £260,000 from post offices shops and a bank in Hull, Grimsby, Sheffield and Nottingham.
Two robbers wearing balaclavas, one brandishing a handgun, terrified staff at the Bridlington TSB bank on September 20, last year. They appearing in the bank just before the branch opened after dropping through the roof. They had a sledge hammer, goggles, spray paint, saw, bolt croppers, a brace and bit, hand drill and blue rope.
One was carrying a silver pistol and the other a mallet-type hammer, Hull Crown Court heard (August 7).
The women were ordered to open the safe and two cash machines, which the robbers began emptying.
Two other female colleagues who rang the doorbell at separate intervals were let in by the cashier as the gun was pointed at her.
The four women were ordered into the ladies’ toilet after having their hands tied behind their back in which one described it like a came of Twister.
They were told to take their shoes off and lie on the ground and had their ankles tied together.
One cashier told the jury: “I felt very vulnerable. I didn’t know if they’d got us like this to come and finish us off.”
She said minutes after the robbers left she heard sirens and then shortly afterwards, a male voice shouting “Hello” as he came up the stairs.
She said: “It was only when he got near the ladies’ toilet I shouted ‘In here’.
“I saw it was the police and I was a bit relieved. But even then I did think, was he part of this plan?
“He was getting annoyed with his radio and shouting ‘Shut up’.”
A total of £250,755 was stolen from the bank.
The robbers then left the scene disguised as builders in a white Volkswagen Golf, driven by Lydon.
A police officer and a PCSO noticed the two robbers dressed in high-vis gear and followed them.
The two robbers were driven to Scarborough, where the vehicle was dumped. But were seen half naked getting changed in the street by an eye witness. Two men carrying four holdalls got in a pre-booked taxi to Lincoln, where they split up. He said mobile phone showed Lydon checking to see the taxi, from Betty’s Dial A Car in Scarborough, was on its way.
The Crown said the same gang was responsible for a robbery at the RBS bank in Main Street, Hathersage, Derbyshire, in which £108,000 was stolen.
A third planned robbery, at the RBS bank in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, was foiled after staff noticed a leak in the roof from slates that had been removed.
Lydon, of Cleethorpes, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to rob and also admitted an offence under the Contempt of Court Act because he refused to name the men in the car
Barrister John Thackray said Lydon was a father of two and was not content on a life of crime and had been corrupted by others.
Sentencing Judge Mark Bury said: “You were out of your depth, but you seemed to play your own role in this.
Speaking after the case Chief Inspector Matthew Baldwin said. “My main thoughts are with those bank staff who were put through a terrifying ordeal and have been to court again to relieve the experience through a trial. We completed the investigation as thoroughly as we could. Sometimes you don’t get all the pieces of the jigsaw. Ultimately the not guilty verdict in the case of Michael Lydon is a matter for the jury. There are no other immediate lines of inquiry to follow in terms of other suspects. If new information does come to light it will be investigated.”