Convicted killer Russell Snowdon splashed the cash on a two-week trip to Gambia and was arrested shortly after he arrived back in the UK after his trip
A BANK robber helped get himself caught after he blew some of his loot on a luxury holiday days after the raid.
Russell Snowdon joined an accomplice to blow up a cash machine at the RBS branch in the quiet Dumfries-shire town of Langholm last November.
A stolen Land Rover was used as a getaway – and a nearby resident snapped the vehicle on his iPad shortly before it left the scene.
A judge heard how Snowdon later forked out almost £1,700 in cash for a two week trip to Gambia in Africa with his partner.
When staff at the English-based travel agent remarked the bank notes were all Scottish, the 42 year-old claimed he had just sold a car there.
But, Snowdon was later snared for the robbery and held shortly after he arrived back in the UK from his holidays.
It emerged today the thug is already a convicted killer having been jailed for manslaughter in 2001.
He now faces another spell behind bars after he pleaded guilty to a number of charges including stealing £45,080 from the bank.
Snowdon, who latterly lived in Crook, County Durham, will learn his fate later this month.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how residents were awoken by a loud bang around 1.40am last November 11.
One mother and daughter – who lived above the bank – initially thought there had been a car accident.
But, instead, CCTV played in court showed an explosion had occurred at the RBS with the ATM being blasted open.
A figure is then seen climbing through a broken window, removing bundles of cash and handing it to his accomplice outside.
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Prosecutor Tim Niven Smith said it was under two minutes from the explosion to the robber inside the RBS leaving.
Police were soon on the scene and it emerged a stolen Land Rover had been used in the raid.
The court heard a resident had tried to record what had happened on his tablet device.
Mr Niven Smith said: “He attempted to film what was occurring on his iPad…he was able to film the registration of the Land Rover.”
The vehicle was later discovered burnt out with gas canisters nearby.
Snowdon later came under suspicion and it emerged he had left the country days after the robbery.
The court heard he was “enjoying a holiday” in Gambia with his lover having only booked the trip on November 14. He paid £1,663 in cash for a two-week trip.
Mr Niven Smith said: “The travel agent had made a remark about the Scottish notes being unusual and Snowdon said he had sold a car in Scotland recently.”
He was later held at Manchester Airport on his return on December 3.
It also emerged his DNA linked him to a lighter, screwdriver and blood spot found at the bank.
The court was told the blast was caused by the “ignition of a flammable gas and air mixture”.
It was said the front of the ATM was likely to have been opened with a screwdriver before a tube was inserted allowing “compressed gases from cylinders” to cause an explosion.
A total of £8,950 of the stolen cash was recovered having been left at the scene.
Snowdon was remanded in custody prior to sentencing.