An armed robber in England felt so guilty about his night-time raid at a gas station that he phoned police and begged them to arrest him.
Father-of-one Matthew Perry, 24, threatened a solo night-shift worker at the garage with a knife before he stole 360 pounds and 15 packs of cigarettes.
Ashamed Perry then phoned police and told them ‘I have committed a robbery, can you come and arrest me’ because he felt ‘guilty.’
A court heard Perry, who was jailed for more than a year after pleading guilty, forced his way into the Shell petrol station and told shop worker Adrian Lindsey he had a knife.
The two men tussled but then Mr Lindsey, fearing Perry had a weapon, agreed to open the safe.
He was left shaken by the attack, which happened at 3am on January 15 in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Robert Forrest, defending, told Portsmouth Crown Court that just days later Perry phoned police to confess, but afterwards took 25 diazepam tablets and had to be rushed to hospital once officers got to his house.
Mr Forrest said: ‘He telephoned police to say “I have committed a robbery, can you come and arrest me.”
‘He had made no attempt to hide his identity, he wasn’t wearing a disguise.
‘His telephone call wasn’t 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.’
Perry, of Emsworth, Hampshire 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 police.
‘I accept that what you did went 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.’