A would-be robber in Bognor is starting a prison sentence after his attempt to take cash from a local shop was thwarted by the owner, and he was tracked down by a local business warden and the police. He had fled the store with only a small quantity of beer and cigarettes,
Arturas Matuiza, 22, unemployed, of West Street, Bognor, was given a three year and eight month sentence after pleading guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (12 May) to robbery and making threats with a knife.
Matuiza went into the local shop in London Road, Bognor, at midday on 13 April, to steal cash and drink, and when challenged by the owner, produced a knife and demanded money.
The owner bravely refused and Matuiza dropped the knife and ran off, pursued by a community warden while the police were alerted. Matuiza twice turned and threatened the business warden who still pursued him and kept him under observation until police arrived and arrested him.
Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said: This man got more than he bargained for, and the resolute and prompt reactions of the owner and the warden, who were both thankfully unhurt, enabled our officers to find Matuiza and ensure he was brought to justice.”