Bank robber’s escape brief
Peter Lacey’s great escape was even less successful than his bank job.
Lacey, 42, pleaded guilty at Porirua District Court on Tuesday to charges of aggravated robbery, escaping from police custody and driving while disqualified.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Macky said that on August 21 Lacey drove to the Tawa BNZ branch to rob it. He had covered his face with a mask and was armed with a sawn-off shotgun. He approached a teller, threw a bag on the counter and demanded money.
Lacey then pointed the shotgun at the teller, saying he would shoot him if money was not fetched. After the teller handed Lacey $300, he got back into his car and drove away.
Police found Lacey later that night at a house in Tawa.
While being interviewed the next day at Porirua Police Station, the Tawa resident accepted responsibility for the robbery and helped police to locate the shotgun.