Bungling teenage duo chased by shopkeeper
A shopkeeper has told how two teenagers subjected him to a terrifying robbery while armed with a spiked knuckle duster, hammer and knife.
Dane Auden Pointon, 18, of Bannister Drive, Leyland, and a 17-year-old boy from Leyland, who cannot be named for legal reasons, robbed cash and cigarettes from the 60-year-old victim.
They struck in broad daylight on October 13 at 95p Bargains newsagents on Towngate, Leyland, Preston’s Sessions House Court was told last week. One of them was waving a hammer in the air whilst making threats to hurt the shopkeeper, telling him to hand over the money.
There was a struggle - but the duo fled the scene after dropping the hammer.
The brave worker, who has asked not to be named, then picked it up and chased them away with it.
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Both bungling robbers are now spending the festive season behind bars after admitting robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
Judge Simon Newell imposed a 40 month sentence on the 17-year old and 46 months for Pointon, with a £170 victim surcharge.
The court also ordered the three weapons to be seized and destroyed.
The victim, who describes himself as a family man, said: “I was shocked. I hope they were scared of me when I had the hammer, they ran away.
“They should go out and get a proper job and make an honest living instead of trying to get easy money. I’m sure there’s lots of work about.
“ They must have been very brave or stupid to rob a shop at lunchtime. I’ve no idea why they chose us.
“It scared me but I’m determined to carry on.”