Shopkeeper foils knifepoint robbery by trapping intruder under shutters
An armed robber who tried to steal a four-pack of lager had his hopes shattered – or rather, shuttered – by the smart-thinking shopkeeper, after the business owner managed to trap the criminal in the shop (sort of) using the building’s roller shutters.
Malcolm Trimble, 30, entered the shop in Durham last month with a kitchen knife concealed in his sleeve, threatening the man behind the counter with the weapon after picking up the lager.
When Trimble then tried to flee the scene, the shopkeeper had already managed to get out the building and hold the front door closed from the outside, activating the shutter system to effectively lock him in.
Trimble eventually won the ‘tug of war’ of sorts with the door, but not before the shutter had already begun rolling down towards the floor, and so he was forced to do an awkward slide through the gap which would send Indiana Jones to an early grave.
And it didn’t even work.
Instead, the shutter ended up pinning Trimble to the floor in a rather awkward position, where his head was still inside the store but his torso was outside, while the shopkeeper was calmly calling the police to the scene.