A 39 year old Walsall man thought his local post office would be an easy target for a quick robbery, but he did not take into account a brave woman customer who tackled him and forced him to leave a DNA stained glove which led police straight to him.
Asif Jhangeer threatened staff with a knife at Wolverhampton Road Post Office, he then jumped over the counter and rapidly stuffed hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes into a bag on November 21 last year.
But as Asif Jhangeer attempted to leave he was tackled by a woman customer who was entering the shop on the corner of Pargeter Street after hearing the commotion.
Jhangeer had left the knife on the counter and as they tussled the woman was able to remove a glove he was wearing.
The robber managed to flee but detectives were able to link him to the crime after DNA testing on the knife and glove.
Jhangeer, of Cameron Road, Walsall, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and was jailed for three years and four months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on April 10.
DC Andy Atkinson, from West Midlands Police CID in Bloxwich, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the shop worker who was threatened with the knife.
“But thanks to the brave actions of the member of the public who confronted Jhangeer we were able to secure vital DNA evidence.
“This left Jhangeer with little choice but to plead guilty and put him behind bars.”