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g4srobberyunionstreet2A man has been imprisoned for 12 weeks following the theft of a cash box from outside a bank in Ryde on Friday.

As reported by Island Echo, Police rushed to the scene of a theft, believed to be a robbery at the time of the incident, outside Lloyds Bank in Union Street at lunchtime on Friday (29th November).

A G4S security guard was assaulted before the cash box was stolen, with the thief running from the scene and hitting a woman with the box in the process. It has been revealed that there was no money inside the secure case, which is used to deposit and collect cash from businesses, ATMs and banks across the country.

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29-year-old Tony Aaron Whilding, of no fixed abode, admitted his guilt and was sentenced to a total of 3 months in prison for common assault and theft, when he appeared in front of the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Two persons were arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with the incident. A woman, who was arrested on the same charge, has been released with no further action.

A number 9 Southern Vectis bus was searched by Police in the search for the suspects.

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