It was a case of right place, right time for an off duty security officer who tackled two thieves trying to make off with cash from a Morecambe shop.
Twenty-year-old Luke Vedick was sitting down to get a new tattoo done at his cousin’s studio in Queen Street, when staff there noticed suspicious activity across the street.
Luke managed to pin the would be thieves down until police arrived on the scene.
Andrew Tague, owner of Tagues Paint and Wallpaper, praised Luke for his heroism and said he “did extremely well”.
Matthew Green, from The Shadow Gallery Tattoo Studio, said the drama unfolded at Tagues’ across the road from his shop, on Thursday afternoon, February 19, at around 5.15pm.
He said: “My girlfriend Zoe could see what was happening across the road, and we were trying to figure out what was going on.
“A load of lads ran in, and then ran out, then two more went back in and went straight for the till.
“Luke got up and ran across and grappled them, and he put them both on the floor.
“He’s a big guy and he didn’t let them escape. My girlfriend Zoe and I held the door shut.
“They had their hands full of fivers and tenners, and there was money all over the floor.”
Luke, who works for security firm G4S as a Lancaster Crown Court officer, said: “I was getting a tattoo done when Zoe noticed a group of teens looking suspicious and entering the shop and then running straight back out.
“I said we’ll have to keep an eye on them and then we saw them go for the till and that’s when I ran across.
“They tried legging it past me, so I grabbed them both and set them both down on the floor. I told them they weren’t going anywhere and kept throwing them back down when they tried to get away.
“They said ‘you can have the money back if you let us go’ and I told them it wasn’t my money, it’s the shop’s money.
“The shop owner then came downstairs and found us all in there, and I told him what had happened. There was cash all over the place.
“I didn’t get the tattoo finished as I had to go and give a statement to police.”
Andrew Tague, owner of Tagues’ Paint and Wallpaper, which has been located in Queen Street since 1955, said: “I heard shouting and they were sat on the floor when I came dowstairs.
“It was a bit of a shock to say the least. There was money all over the place, a total of around £50 from the till.
“I’d just like to say thanks to Luke who did extremely well.”
Two 14-year-old boys have been arrested and charged with theft by police.
They will appear before Lancaster Youth Court on March 3.