A robber who tried to hold up a post office with a water pistol has been jailed.
Callum Stewart was found within 20 minutes of police being called to the attempted robbery at the business in Whitstable, Kent.
The incident unfolded during the evening of April 7, when Kent Police received a report of a potential armed robbery at the post office.
The robber had put a black bag over his hand while holding the water pistol, and threatened to shoot the victim.
But he left empty-handed after staff told him to leave as police had been called, Kent Police said on Monday.
Having been provided with a good description of the robber, including distinctive tattoos he had, officers found the offender, Stewart, in Joy Lane, close to the scene.
He was searched and it was then that Stewart admitted it had been a water pistol and that he also had a kitchen knife in his possession.
Both items were found and the 29-year-old was arrested, 20 minutes after officers were first called to the scene.
Stewart, of Lucerne Drive, Whitstable, was charged the following day with attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
He pleaded guilty to the charges at Canterbury Crown Court and on August 19, he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
Investigating officer Pc Sam Ings-Kemsley said: “To be in your place of work late at night and confronted by someone demanding money and pointing something at you which they are claiming is a gun, is a frightening experience. At that moment, you don’t know what could happen or what that person is capable of.
“Callum Stewart is a dangerous and selfish individual who played on people’s fears to try and steal. It was important he was identified and stopped as quickly as possible to ensure he couldn’t try this tactic on anyone else. I wish the victims all the best and hope they feel reassured by the court result.”