By Mark Molley | Metro
A notorious bank robber, dubbed the ‘Skull Cracker’, has been found by police following a high-profile manhunt.
Kent Police confirmed they are no longer searching for Michael Wheatley, 55, and currently have two men in custody.
He went missing on day release from an open prison in Kent before being linked to a robbery at a building society in Surrey earlier today.
A branch of the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames was robbed by a man who stole ‘an unknown quantity of money’.
Earlier, a Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘The investigation is in its early stages. We are carrying out numerous inquiries to identify the offender and have linked in with Kent Police as part of these inquiries.
A Kent Police spokesman added: ‘[We are] working closely with the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police as part of ongoing inquiries.’
Wheatley was released on a temporary licence from HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey on Saturday and is thought to have boarded a train to London.
He was last spotted in Twickenham, south-west London, on Monday.
He was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a series of brutal raids on banks, and is one of more than 1,200 open prison inmates serving an indeterminate sentence.
A spokesperson for Chelsea Building Society said: ‘We can confirm there was a robbery at our Sunbury branch this morning. We are helping the police with their inquiries.
‘Nobody was hurt in the incident but staff were understandably shaken and upset.
‘The branch remains closed currently and we hope to reopen as soon as possible.’