A robber has put the ‘bun’ in bungling after being jailed for 12 months for stealing a bag of burger baps.

Richard Ogilvie Taylor brandished a broom handle at staff from the East Croydon branch of Burger King before snatching the buns in the early hours of October 31 last year.

He went on to wave the broom handle menacingly at a security guard in East Croydon station before fleeing from a pair of police officers, who had been alerted about the crime by store staff.

PC Mark Agrippa, from Croydon’s British Transport Police station in Addiscombe Road, said: “Despite the outlet being closed, Ogilvie Taylor walked in and told the member of staff he would hit him with the broom handle unless he stayed still.

“Fearing he would be hurt, the member of staff complied, at which point Ogilvie Taylor snatched a nearby bag of burger buns and fled.”

He dropped the broom handle as he ran along nearby Colson Road, but was caught by the officers following a short foot chase.

Ogilvie Taylor gave a false name and address under police interview, but was caught out after an electronic fingerprint scan revealed his true identity.

PC Agrippa said: “Having Ogilvie Taylor approach brandishing a weapon and threatening to hurt him must have been very frightening and intimidating for the member of staff, who was simply trying to do his job.

“Why he felt the need to intimidate and threaten someone to that extent simply for a bag of burger buns is beyond comprehension and we welcome the one year prison sentence handed down to him.”

Ogilvie Taylor, of Eden Park Road, Beckenham, was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 9 April.

He had previously pleading guilty to robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, and obstructing police.

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