Robber on the run

Lyndon Stein

Police are hunting for a prisoner who has absconded from prison and carried out a string of robberies, including in the South West.

Lyndon Stein, 49, has robbed travel agents and building societies in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Oxford in the past three weeks.

Stein absconded on April 29 from HMP Spring Hill, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which is a Category D open prison.

The following day he committed a robbery at a hair salon.

On May 5 Stein struck again, this time at Thomas Cook in Clifton, Bristol, before making his way to Gloucester where he targeted the Leeds and Holbrook building society on May 7.

A further robbery occurred at around 2.30pm on Thursday May 9 in Bristol.

Stein entered the Britannia building society in Fishponds and made off with a substantial amount of money.

He then made his way to Warrington on May 15 targeting a Lloyds TSB branch and Thomas Cook in Makerfield, Cheshire.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman: “This week alone he has struck at Santander in Gloucestershire on Saturday and Thomas Cook on the High Street in Kingswood shortly after 4pm last night.

“His crime spree is thought to have totalled thousands of pounds.

“We’d now like to speak to Stein or anyone who knows where he is.”

He is described as white, stocky and normally carries a plastic carrier bag when committing offences.