Thug jailed for kidnap of Luton pensioner

Leslie DeRoses
Leslie DeRoses

A thug who kidnapped a pensioner and forced him to drive to cashpoints in an effort to steal money had been sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

Leslie DeRoses, 51, of Dunstable Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap.

DeRoses was seen on CCTV with his victim

DeRoses was seen on CCTV with his victim

Detective Constable Alan Boxall said: “This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received.

“He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal.”

On March 14, DeRoses smashed his way into the house in Luton and demanded money from his terrified victim, who is in his 80s.

He then forced the elderly man to drive to cashpoints at Luton Parkway Station and Santander in George Street in an attempt to obtain money from his account.

DC Boxall added: “We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal and pleased that justice has been done.

“By taking callous criminals such as DeRoses off the streets of Bedfordshire, we really are helping to protect people and fight crime together.”

DeRoses was sentenced on Friday, May 15 at Luton Crown Court.