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'Prolific robber' caught by off-duty police officer in Orpington

PUBLISHED: 17:46 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:46 10 May 2016

Lenin Jacobs

Lenin Jacobs

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The officer stopped the robber from making off with £10,000

A 29-year-old man was stopped in his tracks during a daring robbery when an off-duty officer stopped his getaway in Orpington.

Lenin Jacobs was spotted commiting a robbery by the officer in Green Street Green on January 23.

Jacobs tried to flee on a high powered motorcycle, but the officer overpowered him and recovered a cash box with £10,000 inside.

Met Police’s Flying Squad then began an investigation, linking Jacobs to five other robberies across south London.

In court, the 29-year-old of Purser House in Tulse Hill, admitted carrying out six robberies on cash-in-transit custodians in which around £40,000 was stolen.

Among the offences, Jacobs ran towards custodians in Oakleigh Gardens, Bromley and Bell Green Retail Park, Sydenham, pulling the cash cash box from the custodian’s hands and running off with the box.

The cash box in Sydenham turned out to be empty.

Jacobs was sentenced to six years in prison at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, May 10.

The off-duty officer who detained Jacobs has been recommended for a commendation.

DCI Stephen Ellen of the Met’s Flying Squad said: “I would like to commend the bravery of the off-duty police officer who detained Jacobs.

“Jacobs’ sentence today reflects the nature of the offending, he is a prolific robber who I have no doubt would have continued committing crimes had he not been stopped.”

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