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'Worst' Thief Uses See Through Bag As Disguise

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7:01am 20th June 2013

A bungling robber has been jailed for holding up a St Austell petrol station - after disguising himself by putting a clear plastic bag over his head.

Jamie Neil is being branded Britain's worst thief.

The 41-year old from Bethel and his accomplice had got drunk and were high on stolen medication.

Truro Crown Court heard the pair grabbed whatever came to hand for their raid on the Penwinnick road Co-op.

For Neil, that was a see-through carrier bag. His accomplice, 20-year old Gareth Tilley, who did not have a fixed address, used a scarf.

The botched heist did not end there.

Tilley told the cashier that they had a gun. But it was revealed to be a mobile phone when the keypad lit up.

The brave assistant hit the alarm. Neil headbutted her after a struggle and fled with bottles of booze.

He had been captured on CCTV - and was recognised in the street a few days later by an off-duty police officer.

Neil has been sent down for two years. Tilley pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was also given a two year sentence.

After the trial Detective Constable Steve White called Neil's disguise the most "ridiculous" he had ever seen.

7:01am 20th June 2013

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