The bank robber who cleaned up £11,000

Richard Hindle
Richard Hindle

A Scarborough cleaner stole more than £11,000 in cash he found in night-drop boxes in banks where he tidied up.

Self-employed Richard Hindle, 64, carried out the ultimate inside bank job.

He used his cleaning service contract at branches of the Halifax and Lloyds to pick up cash in envelopes after staff had left for the evening, thinking everything was secure. He picked up money customers believed had been safely banked at the end of a day’s trading.

Hindle, of Prince of Wales Terrace, Scarborough, appeared at Hull Crown Court and pleaded guilty to four charges of theft.

He admitted stealing £4,700 from the Halifax in Manor Street, Bridlington, on April 23 2012.

He also admitted stealing £2,100 from Lloyds TSB on May 12 and stealing keys from Barclays between June 1 and June 30. He denied stealing £850 worth of foreign currency from Barclays in June, but pleaded guilty to the theft of £3,600 from Lloyds on July 2.

Hindle could not resist temptation after realising money flowed into the bank while he was alone and no-one was looking.

However CCTV showed him acting suspiciously near the night drop box once staff realised money had gone.

Crown barrister David Gordon said the Crown Prosecution Service did not feel it was in the public interest to have a trial over the theft of foreign currency given his other guilty pleas.

Defence barrister Christopher Dunn said it was an unusual case because the money Hindle stole had not been touched. “He was asked why he stole it,” said Mr Dunn. He replied: “I don’t know. I didn’t spend it. I kept it in the bank.”

The cash was his insurance should his cleaning business fail.

The alarm was raised after a customer complained his night deposit had not shown up in his bank statement.

The police were informed and began looking at other banks where Hindle also had cleaning contracts. It turned out other missing money had not reported to the police.

Mr Gordon said Hindle had already been interviewed by a financial investigator an signed and disclaimer allowing the money to be returned to the banks.

“In interview he said he had stolen the money to put it to one side for a rainy day,” said Mr Gordon.

Judge Jacqueline Davies ordered Hindle to stand as she told him: “There is no indication of sentence. You will return to court on November 20 when the court will sentence you when it has more information about you than it has a present.” Hindle was granted, unconditional bail and allowed to walk free.