He tried to use his swag to get some swag, but instead this armed robber ended up with a 12-year prison sentence.
Dandy delinquent Zohirul Haque held up a newsagents in Bethnal Green, east London, while dressed what looks like a deep blue velvet suit complete with pocket square and a beret.
He managed to get away with around £200 in cash but was caught the next day – and it was his sartorial choices that gave the game away.
Detective Sergeant McGee followed him until backup arrived and he was arrested.
He said: ‘I was on my own in the area gathering evidence about this case, when I noticed a man in the street who matched the suspect’s description.
‘He stood out as he was wearing a really smart suit with a bow tie, and although it looked different to the one described by the victims, I immediately suspected this was the man we were looking for.
‘He was also wearing a rucksack identical to the one worn by the suspect.
‘Haque walked straight past me, and I called for colleagues to come to the scene. Meanwhile I followed him for five to ten minutes until they arrived, and he was then arrested.
‘You don’t often get days like that when it all falls into place, and that piece of luck helped to bring justice to the victims, although it took some further police work to secure the evidence we needed.’
After Haque was arrested and bailed, a witness came forward who identified him as the suspect. Officers also managed to identify him using CCTV, but police weren’t able to find either the gun or the stolen cash.
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Haque, of no fixed address, was convicted of armed robbery at Snaresbrook crown court last October, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week.
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