A British groom was filmed being tackled as he attempted to rob a store – just moments after learning he had lost the money to pay for his wedding in a crypto scam, a court has heard .
Charity worker Louis Crosby, 25, had “naively” converted his savings into a bogus investment in digital cash, the Sunderland Echo has claimed.
Less than an hour after discovering he had lost the lot in a scam, he grabbed an unloaded air pistol and attempted to rob a local bodega-style store, Newcastle Crown Court heard this week.
“Give me the money, I have a gun,” he reportedly warned.
Video footage showed him dressed in black, with a headscarf and sunglasses covering most of his face, as he slowly made his way to the counter last November.
Two male staff members ignored the threat, locking the money away, then walked over and tackled him. Footage showed Crosby desperately trying to get back outside the store, just for workers to keep grabbing him, eventually dragging him back inside for citizen’s arrest.
During the scuffle, the store owner picked up a broken broomstick because he “feared for his life”, prosecutors reportedly told the hearing.
When the cops arrived, Cosby initially claimed it was “a joke”, the court was told.
However, the first offender eventually admitted to attempting to steal and possessing a firearm, the Echo said.
He “didn’t have a clear head” at the time because he had lost the money he needed to marry a Singaporean woman he had met online, his lawyer, Nicholas Lane, told the court.
Ironically, the planned wedding had to be called off due to his arrest, the court heard. However, the engagement is still ongoing, the Echo said.
He escaped confinement, with his two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, meaning he doesn’t have to serve it behind bars if he stays out of harm’s way during that time.
Judge Julie Clemitson acknowledged he was in a state of “mental disorder” when he performed the “impulsive act in response to losing all your savings”.
“You must have been in a state of crisis to act in such a desperate way, with thoughts oscillating between killing yourself and committing a financial crime to get yourself out of the situation,” Clemitson told him.