Thief stuffs tissues in his mouth to hide his accentBy Mason White 11:26 AM January 22, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
A thief attempted to rob a shop by covering his face and stuffing his mouth.
Douglas Stewart, 48, of England, glued pieces of tissue on his face to disguise himself.
He also placed tissues in his mouth to try to hide his Scottish accent.
However, he was immediately recognized as he was a regular at the business that he was trying to rob. Stewart entered a betting shop in Torquay, Devon, with his disguise, but the teller recognized him instantly.
Stewart handed the teller a note with his demands for money. Ironically, the demands were written on a letter, which the business had earlier sent Steward, stating that he was no longer welcome at their place of business.
Stewart raided the shop around 8:30 a.m., and handed the note to the teller demanding money. When the woman recognized him, she warned him that she was calling the police.
Stewart fled, but was arrested shortly thereafter.
Stewart pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. Defense attorney Paul Dentith said that his client is a heroin addict and the raid was a cry for help and not a robbery attempt.
However, Judge Phillip Wassall said that he poses a risk to the public. Stewart was jailed for three years and eight months.