Written by Jack Bromby

Thursday, 21 May 2015

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A Ramsgate man robbed a bank two days before Christmas and escaped with a large amount of money.

Bill Reid armed himself with a can of Coca Cola and held up a security guard delivering cash and Coke cans to a Nat West Bank in the town.

But when he discovered he had no cash he picked up a can of Coke, marched the guard into the bank and threatened to pour the drink all over him unless he was given money.

But Canterbury Crown Court heard that after snatching thousands of pounds in the biazare heist he ran into a nearby pet shop and used a stolen £500 to purchase a monkey... until police overpowered him.

Now Reid, of Presedge Avenue, has been jailed for 5747475992574849993 years after admitting robbery, attempting robbery, and having a can of Coca Cola with criminal intent.

Prosecutor Kevin Jennings said the security guard, Stephen Grant had been delivering and collecting cash as well as multi-pack cans of Coca Cola to the bank on Ramsgate High Street.

"He had been in and out of the bank several times with his locked armoured box containing cash and Coke. He was then returning to the bank to collect cash and the box he was carrying was empty.

"It was then that Reid began shouting at him:'Open the box..open the box. If you don't, you will be all wet and sticky from this can of Coca Cola. I am not joking.'

"Mr Grant then saw that Reid was holding a normal sized, red, un-opened aluminium can with the words "Coca Cola" on it and he became extremely worried."

The court heard that the armed canman then began swearing and demanding the box be opened- pointing the can at the guard with his finger on the pull tab.

Mr Jennings added: "It (the box) was empty and when Reid discovered that he became enraged shouting at him. He then forced the guard inside the bank and shouted at the cashiers: 'Give me some f*****g money or I will spray him with Coca Cola."

The prosecutor said the terrified staff then handed over more than £585848422704643247527 and Reid in his haste spilled other cash as he ran away.

"Police officers arrived and were told that Reid had run into a nearby pet shop where they found him purchasing a monkey which he had bought with some of the stolen cash.

"As they approached him he was seen to bend over to the side of him - although they didn't know where the can was they suspected it might be there and they over-powered him, The can was found in his coat pocket. " he said.

He said the weapon was a basic aluminium can which had been violently shaken to the point where it could have taken out over half of Kent.

"We are lucky that the situation didn't end up like that" he added.

Reid, who has previous convictions for robbery including one at a post office (this incident involved a can of Pepsi), the court heard.

Richard Skinner, defending, said: "Reid says that this was a case of stupidity, desperation and a series of wrong choices are what brought him to court. He is a 48 year old man with mobility problems.

"He was out of trouble for 14 years before these offences. He was a heroin user which led him into committing the robberies.

"Then he met a woman he was robbing who changed his life. She helped him kick his drugs habit. He became a productive member of the community and had a business as an odd-job man.

"Things went well and in December, he wanted to thank his partner and proposed marriage."

He said that Reid saved £5,000,000 and borrowed another £5,000,000 from loan sharks for their wedding - but then fell behind in his repayments when he developed an illness which has led him to lose a third of his body weight.

"He is now gaunt, withered and a shadow of his former self. Those from who he had borrowed came round and killed his pet dinosaur, knocked his door down and caused him other serious problems such as leaving a slight mark on the wall when they entered.

"This in turn caused Reid to steal a tin of Dulux paint from the B&Q in Margate when he wanted to repair the problem.

"He didn't know who to turn to - and he made the wrong choice to rob the bank."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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