Emsworth robber calls 999 to own up to raid on Portsmouth petrol station

JAILED Matthew Perry
JAILED Matthew Perry
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A CROOK felt so guilty after robbing a petrol station that he called the police and confessed to what he had done.

Matthew Perry then took 25 diazepam tablets and had to be rushed to hospital once officers got to his house.

The 24-year-old had stolen £360 and 15 packets of cigarettes in the raid at the Shell petrol station in Mile End Road, Buckland.

As the garage shop worker Adrian Lindsey unlocked the door during a break in his night shift Perry forced his way in and told him he had a knife in his pocket.

The two men tussled but then Mr Lindsey, fearing Perry had a weapon, agreed to open the safe.

The court heard he was left shaken by the attack, which happened at 3am.

Robert Forrest, defending, said Perry, who has previous convictions for theft, had mental health issues.

He said: ‘He telephoned the police to say “I have committed a robbery, can you come and arrest me”.

‘Police arrived and found he had taken an overdose.

‘He made no attempt to hide his identity, he wasn’t wearing a disguise.

‘His telephone call was not because he knew the police were on to him. He made the call because he felt guilty.

‘He was genuinely sorry for the cashier.

‘It goes to show that this offence is out of character for this defendant.’

He said the father-of-one has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is dependant on alcohol.

Perry, of Grenville Green, Emsworth, pleaded guilty to robbery following his arrest, on January 17 – two days after the offence.

Jailing him for 14 months Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘I give you additional credit for the fact that it was you who called the police.

‘I do accept that what you did goes above and beyond the usual credit for a guilty plea because you did volunteer this confession to the police.

‘The offence you committed was a serious one. The victim was vulnerable, he was the sole worker at the garage in question.

‘It was a night-time robbery and you used force. You threatened the use of weapons.

‘This offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for it.’