Police have launched a manhunt for a convict after he absconded from the HM Prison Sudbury in Derbyshire this week.
Grant Walker was serving a prison sentence of eight years and eight months for conspiracy to commit robbery after he and two accomplices attempted to rob a Grosvenor Casino in October 2014, the Birmingham Live reports.
CCTV footage showed Walker and accomplices Andrew Warley and Wayne Marsh attempting to rob the casino. Walker and Marsh can be seen running into the casino with machetes.
On Tuesday, September 25, Grant Walker absconded from HMP #Sudbury where he was serving a sentence of eight years and eight months for conspiracy to commit robbery. Walker has links to #Derby, #Dudley and #WestBromwich. https://t.co/09S0c8gQpI pic.twitter.com/piSi845VrH
— Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice) September 26, 2018
Reports suggest that one of them waved their machete in the cashier’s face while the other empties the drawers. Meanwhile, Walker waited in the getaway car.
The three men were arrested and jailed for a combined total of 26 years for the 2014 robbery.
In September of the same year, Walker and another man raided a One Stop store in Wolverhampton. The two men reportedly threatened staff with an axe before escaping with cash and cigarettes.
However, the pair were caught after trying to rob a Co-Op in Tipton later that same month. The two men managed to steal £1,000 and a stash of cigarettes before escaping in an Audi A5.
It wasn’t until October, after their casino robbery, that the criminals were found and arrested by the West Midlands Police. They were all jailed after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Now, following Walker’s escape, police have issued an appeal with Walker’s picture in order to catch him. The man, who has links to Dudley, West Bromwich and Derby, has been described as white, of medium build and six-foot tall with short brown hair. He also has a distinctive tattoo featuring the name of another man on his upper right arm.
Police have asked the public to call Derbyshire police with any information that may help them track him down.