A Swindon man who threatened shop staff with a knife after stealing perfume from the store has been sentenced.
Robert Gillespie (47), from Spring Close, earlier pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, common assault, assault by beating and theft from a shop.
On Sunday 16 September 2018, Gillespie stole a bottle of perfume from TK Maxx on Great Western Way. He left the premises without attempting to pay but while still in the car park was challenged by a member of staff. It was then Gillespie turned on the shop worker, produced a knife and tried to stab him.
Fortunately, he didn’t injure the man and then ran off with the stolen perfume.
Police were called and following a number of enquiries Gillespie was arrested and later charged.
He pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates Court on 24 September and was sentenced last week on Friday 4 November to two years and six months in prison and fined £170.
Following the sentencing, PC Paul Bezzant said: “This is a good result and a substantial sentence.
“It sends the message that knife crime on whatever level is not to be tolerated and is punishable – if you carry a knife to commit crime you will be caught and go to jail.”