Lankan woman cashier thwarts gas station robbery
A woman cashier was captured on CCTV bravely struggling with two men
who were trying to rob the petrol station where she works. Rasika
Yakanwala, 27, grappled with the two thieves who came into the station
on 27 May last year.
CCTV footage:Rasika drags the robber across the counter
Manny Buckland puts up a vain struggle
Sri Lankan Rasika Yakanwala
They had hoped to steal cash from the tills while she was working
But Manny Buckland, 39, to his shock of his life found himself
dragged over the counter when he tried to reach for the money at the
small garage in Clifton, Bedfordshire.
Ms Yakanwala pulled his hair and held on to him and, during the
struggle, he toppled over the counter and landed on top of her.
His accomplice Stuart Battams, 41, attempted briefly to intervene,
but then changed his mind.
Even after Buckland had landed on top of Ms Yakanwala, she held on to
him as he tried to wriggle out to escape back over the counter, and
chased both the men out of the building.
The CCTV footage shows the robbers, who failed to take anything of
value, in their second botched attempt of the day. They have been driven
between the locations by a friend.
At the first target, a convenience store, Buckland also tried to take
cash from the till, but was grabbed by a shop attendent and had to
wriggle out of his jacket to escape.
The two men were jailed last month at Luton Crown Court. Buckland
pleaded guilty to the two charges of burglary and was jailed for two
years. Judge Philip Bartle QC said: 'These were two small establishments
targeted by the two of you over a holiday period at 5 p.m., the
likelihood being that there would be few if any customers.
'There was an element of planning and disguise. Whether or not you
were on drink or drugs is not mitigation and you both have very bad