'Catch me if you can' Gloucester thief gets caught
A THIEF who had stolen two cans of lager from a shop returned shortly afterwards brandishing a knife and told the owner "come on catch me".
But as Nicholas White tried to run from the shop he was grabbed from behind in a bear hug by a brave customer, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
Shopkeeper Ishmael Paywand then grabbed the 40cm bread knife from White, cutting his left knuckle in the process, said prosecutor Lisa Hennessy.
White, 44, of Commercial Road, Gloucester, admitted theft of the lager, possession of a bladed article and assault on Mr Paywand.
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He was jailed for 12 months.
Mrs Hennessy said Mr Paywand was at work in his One Stop shop in Southgate Street, Gloucester, at about 10pm when two men came in.
"The first man paid £2 for some alcohol but White tucked two cans of lager worth £1.49 each into his belt. Mr Paywand followed him into the street but White ran away. Mr Paywand was unable to leave the shop so he went back in and started to check his CCTV.
"As he was looking at it White walked back in holding one of the cans of lager in his right hand an a bread knife in his left.
"He waved the knife at Mr Paywand and said 'come on catch me'.
Mrs Hennessy said a customer standing behind White grabbed him in a bear hug as Mr Paywand reached forward to disarm him.
Police were called and arrived quickly to arrest White.
William Woodman, defending, said White was drunk at the time of the incident. He had a drug problem in the past but that had now been replaced by a problem with alcohol.