Orkney shop worker foils knife robbery with tape dispenser

Euan Brown hit the robber over the head with the tape dispenser

A shop worker fought off a knife-wielding robber who tried to steal money from his till.

Euan Brown was working behind the counter at Baikie’s Stores
in Finstown, Orkney, when a man pulled out a knife and told him to empty
the till.
But 20-year-old Mr Brown picked up a sticky tape dispenser and hit him over the head with it, breaking it in half.

The man then ran from the shop empty-handed.

Mr Brown – who suffered a minor injury in Saturday night’s
incident – said he had been more surprised by the attack than anything
“I have no idea where he went after leaving the shop, but wherever he is, he’s got a sore head,” he added.

Police said the suspect was in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall,
clean shaven and wearing a black beanie hat pulled down over his ears, a
dark raincoat-type jacket and faded blue jeans.
A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said: “We would like to
hear from anyone who may have seen a male matching this description in
the area at the relevant time, or from anyone who received a visit from a
male matching this description around the time in question.
“The male may also have had an injury to his forehead following the incident or been complaining of a sore head.”


A would-be Orkney thief who was fought off by a worker with a sticky tape dispenser has admitted assault and attempted robbery.

Christopher Baird, 18, of Finstown, attempted to steal money at knife point from Baikie’s Stores on 18 February.

Euan Brown was working behind the counter hit him over the head with the dispenser.

Sentence at Kirkwall Sheriff Court was deferred for background reports and Baird was remanded in custody.