Crime

Serial armed robber who raided a bank so often he shut it down for a short time- jailed for 11 years

TSB branch Clapham Common South Side- raided so many times by Martin Noble it was closed for a short time. Image: Google Street View.

TSB branch Clapham Common South Side- raided so many times by Marlon Noble it was closed for a short time. Image: Google Street View.

An armed robber who carried out raids on banks in the Clapham and east Dulwich areas has been jailed for 11 years.

The Met Police say 35 year old Marlon Noble was ‘dangerous’ and praised members of the public who detained him as he left the scene of one of his crimes on New Year’s Eve.

However, his ‘imitation firearm’ was in fact a metal hanger in masking tape inside an orange Sainsbury’s carrier bag.

He stole around £12,000 in a three month crime spree.

The court heard he carried out his crimes to pay off a loan shark.

Noble, who has no fixed address, admitted 15 offences.

Custody photo of Marlon Noble. Image: Met Police

Custody photo of Marlon Noble. Image: Met Police

These include six robberies, two attempted robberies, and seven charges of possessing of an imitation firearm while carrying out a robbery.

Noble’s been sentenced to a total of 11 years of imprisonment at the Old Bailey.

Most of his crimes were committed against branches of TSB, Lloyds Bank and Santander.

His modus operandi involved entering the bank and brandishing a firearm-shaped object wrapped in a plastic bag.

He threatened staff and demanded cash.

He repeatedly attacked the TSB in Clapham Common South Side.

The Flying Squad say he caused so much significant distress to staff at the branch, this even led to its closure for a short period of time.

In each of his robberies there was little or no forensic evidence to identify him.

The breakthrough came on New Year’s Eve 31st December last year in Petts Wood, Bromley.

When running out of a bank he’d raided he was nabbed by members of the public.

Flying Squad detectives triangulated him to his previous robberies by comparing location, his physical characteristics and his habit of using an orange bag to conceal his fake gun, and telecoms data.

Detective Constable Manveer Hanspal, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said:

Noble subjected the staff of TSB in Clapham to a prolonged campaign, threatening to shoot them on numerous occasions with what appeared to be a firearm. He repeatedly visited the same branch, causing untold distress to his victims and he showed total disregard for the impact his actions might have on staff at the bank.

I would like to pay tribute to the staff at TSB whose evidence ensured that Noble could be charged with each offence he had committed. Further thanks must also be given to those members of the public who gave chase and detained Nobel outside Petts Wood railway station. Their actions are in the truest traditions of public spiritedness and displayed both immense bravery and courage worthy of recognition.

Lambeth’s Borough commander, Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, said:

This is a great result which means a dangerous individual is now behind bars for a significant amount of time. My officers and I are committed to making Lambeth a safe borough to live and work in and I am pleased that someone who caused great distress to people in the borough is no longer at liberty to do so. I would like to thank my colleagues from the Flying Squad for their successful investigation and the members of the public in Petts Wood who detained this man.

Noble’s campaign of robbery

1. Robbery: TSB, Clapham Common South Side on 30th October 2014.
2. Robbery: TSB, Clapham Common South Side on 10th November 2014.
3. Attempted robbery: Santander, Clapham High Street on 19th November 2014.
4. Robbery: TSB, Clapham Common South Side on 19th November 2014.
5. Robbery: TSB, Clapham Common South Side on 26th November 2014.
6. Robbery: Lloyds Bank, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich on 8th December 2014.
7. Attempted robbery: Lloyds Bank, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich on 17th December 2014.
8. Robbery: Lloyds Bank, Station Square, Petts Wood, Bromley on 31st December 2014.

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