A shoplifter who threatened a store manager with a knife after refusing to pay for a late-night pasta snack has been jailed for more than two years.
Mustafa Hakim grabbed the pasta dish from a chilled cabinet at Nisa in Digbeth in the early hours of 16 May but walked off without paying – and then threatened the shopkeeper with a 10-inch knife when confronted over the theft.
The 24-year-old fled but was arrested minutes later in a nearby street by West Midlands Police officers responding to the manager’s 999 call for help.
Enquiries revealed that Hakim, of no fixed address, had also threatened security staff inside Morrisons in Hagley Road on the evening of 24 April after being caught carrying bottles of spirits he’d swiped from the shelves.
He was escorted to a security room where he was asked to hand over his bag – but instead he produced a kitchen knife and threatened staff before fleeing.
Hakim refused to answer police questions in interview but at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 June was jailed for 28 months after admitting possession of a knife in a public place, two counts of threatening with a bladed article in a public place and theft.
Sergeant Navdip Sandhu from the Edgbaston neighbourhood team compiled the case. He said: “This sentence sends a clear message to those who think carrying a knife in the streets of Birmingham will go unpunished.
“We are committed to ensuring we all live in safe community and we will get those who commit such violent crimes. If you have any information on anyone carrying a knife, don’t hesitate to contact the police.”
Source:: West Midlands Police News