Man jailed after threatening shop manager over pasta

Man jailed after threatening shop manager over pasta

A man tried to steal pasta (Stock image)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A man has been jailed after threatening a store manager in Birmingham - but it was only over pasta.

The shoplifter tried to leave the shop without paying for the pasta last month, only to be confronted by the manager, West Midlands Police said.

Mustafa Hakim then took out a knife measuring 10 inches and threatened the manager in Digbeth.

The man then quickly left the shop and the manager rang police. They found him and arrested him in a nearby street moments later.

Police later discovered that this wasn't the first time the 24-year-old had threatened shop staff with a knife.

In April, security guards at a Birmingham Morrisons took Hakim to a security room because they realised he was trying to steal spirits.

He was asked by the guards to give the bag of spirits back, but instead took out a knife to threaten them and then left the store.

When the man was interviewed by police he refused to answer their questions, but in court he pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place.

He also admitted two counts: of threatening with a bladed article in a public place and theft.