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THE armed rob­ber, 58, raided a build­ing so­ci­ety af­ter flee­ing HMP Stand­ford Hill in Shep­pey, Kent.

He took al­most £20,000 from Chelsea Build­ing So­ci­ety in Sun­bury. Wheat­ley was re­cap­tured five days later in Tower Ham­lets, East Lon­don.

The se­rial crook was jailed for life over the May 2014 rob­bery. The court heard Wheat­ley had 23 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for rob­bery, two for at­tempted rob­bery and 18 for re­lated firearms of­fences.

He earned his nick­name by us­ing an im­i­ta­tion hand­gun to hit peo­ple in raids. THE mur­derer, 56, walked out of HMP Sud­bury, Der­bys, in 2005 and dur­ing nine years on the run he claimed ben­e­fits and went on hol­i­days abroad af­ter get­ting a pass­port.

He was even jailed for three months in Ire­land for rob­bery – with­out any­one re­al­is­ing he was wanted in the UK. He had two-and-ahalf years added to his term af­ter his re­cap­ture. THE se­rial armed rob­ber car­ried out a string of raids af­ter he was let out of HMP Thorn Cross, War­ring­ton, for work ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 35-year-old, who was do­ing 18 years for 23 raids, stole £1,500 from the Max Spiel­man photo store he was placed in in 2013 and tar­geted nine other shops. He was caught af­ter 28 days and got an ex­tra six years.

DAN­GER: Wheat­ley robs bank and, above, Stand­ford jail

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