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Bungling Dartford bank robber jailed for six years

PUBLISHED: 11:20 18 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:20 18 October 2013

Darren Katumba. Kent Police

Darren Katumba. Kent Police

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A man has been jailed for six years after robbing a Dartford bank and a bungled attempt in Gillingham.

Darren Katumba, 21, admitted one charge of robbery and one of attempted robbery at Maidstone Crown Court.

The man from Deptford, south-east London, escaped with £2,000 from the Co-Operative Bank in Hythe Street, Dartford, on June 27.

He tried to repeat the trick in Santander in Gillingham High Street two months later, where he terrified a pregnant cashier, but he left empty-handed after she activated the alarm.

The robber was caught on the train back to Kent.

In a police interview Katumba said he carried out the robberies because he had got into debt and thought they would be a victimless crime.

Det Con James Crouch, who investigated the Dartford robbery, said: “Katumba travelled from London into Dartford under the misguided belief that he would have less chance of getting caught and that it would be something of a soft touch.

“He was wrong. We take reports of such crimes incredibly seriously, especially knowing the fear suffered by innocent people who get caught up in them.

“I am pleased that the custodial sentence passed down to him matches the severity of the offence.”

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