Man who stole from Tesco armed with a garden rake was rugby tackled by customer

Man who stole from Tesco armed with a garden rake was rugby tackled by customer

Man who stole from Tesco armed with a garden rake was rugby tackled by customer

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A JUDGE has hailed a customer who rugby tackled a petrol station robber armed with a garden rake.

Gareth Dodd was brought to the ground by a man after he had forced his way into the staff area of Tesco Express, on Winwick Road, on February 3.

Judge Ian Trigger told Dodd when sentencing him: “It is to the credit of a number of the customers who were waiting their turn, you were detained as befits in this manner in the heart lands of rugby league he tackled you with a tackle many professional rugby players would be proud of.”

Warrington Crown Court heard on Monday how Dodd, aged 27, of Laxey Avenue, Woolston, walked into the petrol station at 10.45pm wearing a ski mask and brandishing the rake.

Two young female sales assistants were in the process of cashing up some of the tills and he grabbed more than £500 from one till.

But his escape was thwarted by a man with other customers coming to his aid while waiting for police to arrive.

John Hedgecoe, prosecuting, said: “In interview he said he owed £3,600 to a drug supplier and had been threatened at gunpoint in the back of a vehicle shortly before committing the robbery.

“He had picked up the rake from a garden nearby.”

The court heard the attack had left the two women traumatised and struggling to sleep.

Dodd had a long history of previous convictions for shoplifting, burglary, actual bodily harm and battery among others.

Stephen Tettey, defending, said: “He makes it clear at the time he was apprehended and with the police he was being coerced into this robbery.”

“In October last year he lost a child. After the funeral he was using drugs and alcohol because he hadn’t come to terms with losing a child.”

But handing him a 42-month sentence for two counts of robbery and three months for possession of a weapon - all to run concurrently - Judge Trigger said: “You have not been much use to any of your four children thus far in their lives. You committed offences of violence and dishonesty during their short lives. You have paid scant regard to their welfare.

“You must learn if you are playing with fire you are likely to get burnt.”

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10:04am Wed 12 Mar 14

dannyb210 says...

They could have gave him some community service..... tidying up gardens and parks just for the irony
They could have gave him some community service..... tidying up gardens and parks just for the irony dannyb210
  • Score: 4

2:41pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MrBenggo says...

Always the same,a sob story comes out in defence.
Always the same,a sob story comes out in defence. MrBenggo
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

old-codger says...

dannyb210 wrote:
They could have gave him some community service..... tidying up gardens and parks just for the irony
He,ll get a job in the prison gardens,
[quote][p][bold]dannyb210[/bold] wrote: They could have gave him some community service..... tidying up gardens and parks just for the irony[/p][/quote]He,ll get a job in the prison gardens, old-codger
  • Score: 2

9:55am Thu 13 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

You could say he's doing TINE......





..bit obscure?
You could say he's doing TINE...... ..bit obscure? Nick Tessla
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

£500 from one till, Tesco must be raking it in!
£500 from one till, Tesco must be raking it in! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

old-codger says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
£500 from one till, Tesco must be raking it in!
Every little helps. :):):)
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: £500 from one till, Tesco must be raking it in![/p][/quote]Every little helps. :):):) old-codger
  • Score: 2

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