A bumbling crook who tried to rob a shopkeeper at knifepoint disguised in a zebra print onesie, was recognised as soon as he opened his mouth and demanded cash, a court was told.
Jack Brooks (22) had been in The Bottle Shop in Brunshaw Avenue earlier to buy drink and had even been given a free bottle of alcohol by victim Mushtaq Ahmed as he had been so friendly.
Mr Ahmed, who was working in the convenience store alone, thought it might be a joke when the defendant, by now wearing the zebra outfit, walked in again an hour later.
But he soon realised it wasn’t, when Brooks pulled a large carving knife on him, terrifying him, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The hearing was told how Brooks fled from the shop empty-handed after courageous Mr Ahmed got some metal piping and challenged him.
He then made off with some men with a bike, police followed the tracks in the snow and a resident told them Brooks had just gone into a house in the onesie.
Brooks, of Travis Street, Burnley, admitted attempted robbery and possessing a bladed article, on January 17th.
The defendant, a convicted arsonist and burglar, was jailed for two years eight months.
Judge Beverly Lunt said Brooks had been a persistent offender since 2011. She said: “It wasn’t a particularly clever robbery. You were quite quickly recognised.”