Skull Cracker remanded over robbery

Skull Cracker remanded over robbery

Michael Wheatley has been charged over an armed robbery in Surrey

Michael Wheatley will appear in court charged with armed robbery

The branch of Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames which was targeted in an armed robbery

The Chelsea Building Society branch in Sunbury-on-Thames which was targeted in an armed robbery

Michael Wheatley, 55, nicknamed Skull Cracker, arriving at South East Surrey Magistrates' Court in Redhill,

Police outside a branch of the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey which was robbed today, Police are investigating whether armed robber Michael Wheatley also known as the "Skull Cracker" has struck again.

Michael Wheatley appeared at East Surrey Magistrates' Court charged with armed robbery

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A man has appeared in court accused of carrying out an armed robbery during five days on the run from an open prison.

Michael Wheatley, 55, nicknamed Skull Cracker, was arrested in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Wednesday, after allegedly raiding the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, of £18,350.

He appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates' Court in Redhill charged with robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and being unlawfully at large.

Prosecutor Darren Matravers said Wheatley carried out the robbery after going missing on May 3 while on temporary licence for one day from Category D HMP Standford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

He said: "He didn't return and so was unlawfully at large."

Wheatley spoke only to confirm his name during the five-minute hearing and was remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on May 29.

Unshaven and with grey cropped hair, Wheatley, dressed in a grey T-shirt, was flanked by four police officers in stab vests and was handcuffed throughout the hearing.

His alleged accomplice, Kevin Perry, 53, of West India Dock Road, east London, is due in court later charged with assisting an offender, perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

A bail application for Perry was turned down by chair of the bench George Hollis and he was remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on May 29.

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