Bank employee involved in conspiracy to rob man of £38,000
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An employee of Santander was among three people who conspired together to rob a man of £38,000 in 2017.
Soraya Parsi, 26, of Grange Park, Northampton, worked at the branch in Market Square, Northampton, when a man in his 60s made arrangements to collect £38,000 from the bank.
Due to procedure and the large amount of money he was requesting, 48 hours’ notice was required, so the man informed the bank on September 26, 2017, that two days later he would be in to collect the money.
Armed with this knowledge, Parsi set the wheels in motion to rob the man and working with Terrence Brown, aged 26, previously of Northampton, and Carl Townsend, aged 39, also previously of Northampton, a plan was formed.
At about 3pm on September 28, 2017, the victim made his way to the bank where Parsi was working that day. He collected the money and as he left, unbeknown to him, Townsend began to follow him.
Then, in Guildhall Road, Townsend robbed him, assaulting him and running off with the £38,000. Brown was the getaway driver and quickly picked up Townsend so they could make an escape.
An investigation was launched and all three were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Townsend pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Parsi and Brown both pleaded not guilty but were convicted by a jury after a two-week trial and will both be sentenced on Tuesday, May 18.
Detective Sergeant Karl Curtis, said: “This has been a very complex case to investigate and piece together, involving the analysis of phone calls and cell site data, the review of hours of CCTV footage and speaking to multiple witnesses.
“I am so pleased therefore that it has concluded with all three people recognised as being guilty of this shocking crime.
“This plan was calculated and purely driven by greed. All three should feel utterly ashamed of themselves but none more so than Soraya Parsi who abused her position as an employee of the bank to facilitate the attack and robbery of a man in his 60s.
“I would like to commend everyone involved in this investigation for their hard work and diligence every step of the way. As a result, three people are now behind bars, paying for their crimes.”
Photo (L to R) Townsend, Parsi, Brown.