A BRIGHTON man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment for attempted armed robbery at Chichester Crown Court.
Simon Stanton, 21, from Albourne Close, Brighton, pleaded guilty to the attempted armed robbery of a Worthing jewellers and for possessing an imitation firearm on Monday, January 16.
Stanton walked into Wheelers Jewellers in Bath Place, Worthing, at 10.15am on Saturday 16 July 2011 and threatened staff with a firearm, before demanding that the store owner hand over jewellery.
However, the owner, not knowing if the firearm was imitation or not at this stage, chased Stanton out of the store and along Bath Place towards the sea front.
Stanton ran off and was able to get away. A short while later he was seen boldly walking back to the jewellers and still in possession of the imitation firearm.
The store owner then tackled him to the ground along with an ex-police officer who happened to be in the area at the time, and held him until officers arrived and arrested him.
Detective constable Emma Dumbrell from West Sussex CID said: “This is a great result and sends out a strong message that crimes of this nature will not be tolerated in our community.
“The store owner was incredibly brave in challenging Stanton, but we would always advise people to put their personal safety first. Thankfully he was not harmed in the scuffle nor was his wife, son and female customer who were also in the store at the time of the incident.”