Brave victim detains Kettering thief who threatened to stab him

Two thieves have been jailed after the incident last week

By Sam Wildman
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 11:04 am

A Kettering thief has been jailed after threatening to stab his victim - only to be chased and detained until police came to arrest him.

Billy Appleyard, 22, and his accomplice Heidi James, 20, broke into a silver Volkswagen Tiguan in Cowper Street at about 2.30am on Thursday (April 16).

They stole two hover boards from the car before making off on foot but the owner of the car, a man in his 30s, saw the pair running away and followed them.

Appleyard and James have been jailed.

Appleyard made threats to stab the man but the victim managed to detain him until police officers arrived to arrest the pair, who are both of no fixed address.

Both were charged with stealing from the car with Appleyard also charged with a public order offence and they admitted their crimes the next day at Northampton Magistrates' Court.

Appleyard was handed six weeks in prison for both offences. James was handed two weeks in prison as well as an extra four weeks as part of a previous suspended sentence.

Sergeant Matt Rock from Northamptonshire Police said: “This pair tried to steal items from a hardworking member of society so I’m pleased to see them handed custodial sentences.

"I hope they use their time inside to reflect on their behaviour.”