A ROBBER who committed terrifying hold-ups at west London shops staffed by women faces a long spell in prison after being found guilty of a string of offences.
Ronald Alexander, 43 from the West Kensington Estate, was caught in a police operation following almost 30 knifepoint robberies over three years.
Alexander was caught after he held up the Radina Hair and Beauty Salon in Blythe Road, West Kensington, in December last year.
Officers found the Parka jacket, knife and pedal bike used by Alexander in all his previous crimes.
He usually robbed gaming arcades or exclusive women’s shops, wearing his distinctive green jacket with the hood pulled tightly around his face.
He would threaten staff with a kitchen knife or large lock knife and demand money from the safe or till.
He would then escape on his bike, change clothes and casually cycle home using back streets to avoid police.
At Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, July 24, Alexander was found guilty of five counts of robbery, one attempted robbery and five counts of possessing an offensive weapon.
He had already admitted a further count of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon, and had a string of previous convictions.
Detective Sergeant Tony Reseigh said: “Alexander had put his victims through a terrifying experience. Alexander is a dangerous offender who purposely targeted venues that were staffed almost exclusively by women.
“His victims were put through what can only be described as a terrifying experience and it is hoped the successful conclusion of this case will bring them some degree of satisfaction.”