A man left a cashier shaking with fear after he threatened him with violence while stealing whiskey from a Carmarthenshire petrol station.
Ricky Lee Rossi, of Cilmaengwyn, Pontardawe, tried to assault a member of staff at the Londis petrol station in Ammanford in what has been described by police as an “extremely distressing incident”.
Inside the shop, he placed bottles of whiskey down his trousers and reacted when he was caught by the shop worker. When the victim tried to call for help, the phone was grabbed from his hand and Rossi, aged 26 at the time of the incident, then tried to punch and kick him.
Rossi made off from the scene with the whiskey and the robbery was reported to police. Officers were able to look at CCTV footage and identify the suspect leaving the petrol station in a taxi. Within an hour of the offence taking place, they were able to arrest Rossi at his home.
The petrol station worker has admitted that he still feels nervous when working in the shop more than five months after the incident, which happened on December 11, 2020.
“I was shaking and shivering for about two or three days afterwards because of what happened,” he said.
“For those two or three days what happened was running through my mind.
“Since this happened if anyone comes into the shop who has the same body shape as the man that attacked me I instantly get nervous. I start looking at them to see if it’s him coming back.”
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Detective sergeant Rebecca Thomas of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim, who was simply doing his job when he was faced with threats of violence from a man he challenged about stealing from the shop.
“Rossi had been seen putting two bottles of whiskey down his trousers, and reacted strongly when approached by the victim.
“He grabbed the phone the victim was trying to use to call for help and made attempts to punch and kick him.
“Fortunately, the shop worker was not physically hurt during the incident, but he suffered ongoing effects from the fear he faced.”
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After his arrest, Rossi was subsequently charged with theft from a shop and robbery and appeared at Swansea Crown Court on May 6, where he pleaded guilty to both offences.
He was sentenced to 46 months in prison and issued with a five-year restraining order.