Two people have appeared in court charged in connection with an armed robbery at Thomson travel agent in Boston in which more than £2,000 of foreign currency was stolen.
David Bentley, 53, of Court Road, Orpington, in Kent, and Justyna Pietrzak, 28, of Palmer Avenue, Gravesend, also in Kent, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
Both were charged with robbery in relation to an incident at the Boston store on September 26, in which £2,157 of foreign currency was taken.
Bentley has also been charged with having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence and Pietrzak has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon – a Samurai sword – in a public place. The sword charge does not relate to the Boston incident.
Bentley was remanded in custody by magistrates.
Pietrzak was released on bail on condition that she abides by a curfew from 9pm to 6am (to be electronically monitored), stays at her home address in Gravesend, Kent, does not contact David Bentley and surrenders her passport and documents.
Both are due to next appear at Lincoln Crown Court on October 21.
A Thomson spokesman confirmed that no staff were injured, but said that employees had been offered counselling.
The spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are assisting the police with their enquiries following a robbery at our Thomson shop in Boston, Lincolnshire, which took place last week.
“No customers were in the store and no staff were injured during the incident.
“Our Retail Incident Support Manager has already been on hand to offer assistance to all staff involved and the company will continue to support them in every way possible.
“As this incident is subject to a police investigation we are unable to comment further.”
Saturday: Police have charged a man and a woman in connection with an armed robbery at Thomson travel agents in Wide Bargate, Boston, on September 26.
David Bentley, 53, of Court Road, Orpington, in Kent, was arrested at his home address on Thursday evening.
Justyna Pietrzak, 28, of Palmer Avenue, Gravesend, in Kent, was arrested at the same time and both were transported to Lincolnshire for questioning.
Both have been charged with robbery.
In addition to the robbery charge, Bentley has been charged with having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence and Pietrzak has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
DCI Steve Taylor said: “This has been a fast-paced investigation involving extensive enquiries out of the county, leading to the arrest and subsequent charge of the suspects. This was a serious incident but, reassuringly, one that is rare within our county.”
Both were due to appear before magistrates today (Saturday).