Tanning salon owner pins down burglar until police arrive
A HAVE-A-GO hero made a citizen’s arrest after he chased the thief who broke into his tanning shop business.
Jason Lomax, the owner of Jay’s Rays in Chorley Old Road, Heaton, reacted on impulse when he heard the till in his shop rattling while he was upstairs on Saturday, October 5.
He ran after the burglar, who had stolen hundreds of pounds, including money for bills, which was stored in the till in envelopes.
Mr Lomax managed to pin down the thief, John Sokolowski, aged 25, near Avondale Street and kept hold of him until police arrived.
The tanning shop boss, who has had the business since he was 16, said: “I didn’t think. I was just trying to bring him to justice. He could have had a knife on him — but I would chase a thief again.
“If they have done it to one business, they may have done it to someone else. It’s for the community.”
About £700 was taken from the till and some of the money was recovered.
Mr Lomax’s mobile phone also went missing while he chased Sokolowski.
The shop owner said he works hard at his business and wanted to ensure other people did not fall victim to the thief.
Sokolowski, of Torrisdale Close, Deane, was jailed by Bolton Magistrates Court last week.
The prolific offender admitted stealing a cash box and envelopes worth £330 from the business on Saturday, October 5.
The crime took place days after the defendant was sentenced to a suspended jail term for another theft.
Sokolowski admitted at Bolton Magistrates Court breaching the suspended sentence and committing a crime while subjected to a 12-month conditional discharge for another crime, an attempted theft.
Magistrates jailed him for 12 weeks for stealing Mr Lomax’s cash box and a further eight weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.
- Mr Lomax was dealt a further blow on Tuesday morning when he went to open his business and found one of the front windows had been smashed with a brick.
He said he would be forced to pay for the repairs from his own pocket to avoid paying the hefty insurance excess.