Ronald Kennedy, 77, decided to take action after he saw thief Richard Coleman attack a female shop assistant and grab cash from a till.Bravo, Mr Kennedy! And if there’s any justice, that ticket will be a winning one.
Coleman, 32, jumped over the Spar counter and pushed the terrified worker away before turning and trying to escape with £445 cash.
But Mr Kennedy, a grandfather, who was in the store to buy a Lottery ticket, hit him on the head with his walking stick as he fled.
Coleman fell 'like a sack of potatoes', dropping £60 of the money before scrambling for the door and limping away.And let’s hope all his cellmates are reading this in their morning paper!
The thief was later caught and has now been jailed for four years after admitting four shop raids in a four-day crime spree.
Mr Kennedy, a retired theatre commissionaire, was hailed for his 'public spirit' in court and has been sent a letter of thanks by a police chief.Well said. But of course, for Coleman, it appears this was his day job:
The father-of-three, of Plymouth, Devon, said: 'This man was a damn fool. If you want money you work for it - you don't go around stealing.'
Coleman, of Basildon, Essex, used the same tactics to rob four businesses in Plymouth, Devon, on March 23 and April 10, 11 and 12.A better contrast between the two generations couldn’t really be found, could it?
He targeted shops staffed by women, selected a small item such as a newspaper and took it to the till to pay, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
But when the assistant opened the till, he would push her violently away, lean over the till and grab as many bank notes as he could.
During his crime spree in Plymouth, Devon, he stole a total of £1,226 from three Spar shops and a Co-Op, the court heard.
Naturally, the justice system was minded to be harsh with this low life:
Judge Francis Gilbert QC praised Mr Kennedy for being 'public-spirited' and sentenced Coleman to four concurrent four year jail sentences less 198 days on remand.That’ll teach him, I’m sure...