Grangemouth shopkeeper chased off 
thief with bat

The shopkeep chased away knife-wielding thief
The shopkeep chased away knife-wielding thief

A shopkeeper chased away a knife-wielding thief with a baseball bat from under the counter.

Macahit Ipek saw red when Steven Meikle attempted to rob his brother’s store and scared away the intruder with a bat bought for self defence.

The cowardly thief ran away, dumping his knife, jacket and hat in a nearby alley but was followed by locals and traced by police.

Meikle (43) was jailed for 18 months at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday after he admitted brandishing a knife and demanding money from Mr Ipek (31) at Braeview Mini Market, Orchard Street, Grangemouth.

Mr Ipek told The Falkirk Herald that he and his brother Ismail got the bat following another robbery at the shop involving his sister-in-law. She was left too scared to work alone and they decided to get the bat for protection.

Macahit said of the attack: “I didn’t consider my safety, I was just determined that he wasn’t going to get anything. We work hard to make money, I wasn’t letting him off with any of it.”

Meikle pled guilty to the attack, which was captured on CCTV cameras.

Defence solicitor Lynn Swan said the alcoholic carried out the attack as he was penniless and desperate. He handed himself in to police officers the same day and said he regretted his actions.

Sentencing, Sheriff john Mundy said: “The report suggests you could be dealt with by a community payback order but I feel it is far too serious to be dealt with in this manner. You will go to prison for 18 months.”