An armed robber who targeted travel agents around the country is facing jail after being found guilty of four offences.

David Bentley, 54, previously of Court Road in Orpington, raided agencies in Tonbridge, Folkestone, Surrey and Lincolnshire.

Kent Online reported that Bentley, who would disguise himself with make-up, sunglasses and a long ginger wig during the raids, didn’t take part in his own trail because he refused to leave his prison cell.

He had denied four offences of robbery and four of having an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery, but was convicted on all charges.

Bentley’s former girlfriend Justyna Pietrzak of Gravesend was convicted of four robberies and acquitted of the firearm offences.

She had denied all charges and claimed that she was put under duress to act as a getaway driver for Bentley.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple stole more than £46,000 during the raids.

Three of the shops – in Folkstone, Tonbridge and Boston, Lincolnshire – were Thomson branches and the fourth shop in Caterham, Surrey, was a Thomas Cook store.
Sentencing will take place on October 17.

Kent Online reports the jury heard the first raid occurred on Tonbridge High Street on April 27 last year with Bentley pointing a handgun at the store manager and threatening to shoot her. During this raid £7,033 was taken.

A second raid in Folkestone occurred on June 12 last year and saw staff and customers threatened, with £21,828 being stolen.

The court heard that £15,875 was taken from Thomas Cook in Caterham and £2,157 from Thomson in Boston.