The young man pointed his gun at the Bari shop owner as another customer looked on in shock. But the shopkeeper stood his ground and responded by shoving the sweets displays off the counter and hurling the sweets at the would-be robber – who quickly gave up, fleeing the premises.
Two plain-clothes policemen, who were patrolling the area to guard against robberies, spotted the man escaping and were able to catch, disarm and arrest him. While the gun was revealed to have been loaded only with blanks, the man was tried immediately.
The accused, named as 21-year-old Michele Leti, was already known to police for dealing drugs and receiving stolen goods. Leti was given a suspended sentence of one year and ten months.
Watch the fearless shopkeeper scare off the thief in the CCTV footage below.