A Louth teenager attempted to hold up two Louth businesses within minutes of each other while armed with a machete, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Connor Scott, 19, of Keddington Road, Louth, admitted two charges of attempted robbery on 9 December 2013.
Scott walked into a clothing exchange business on the Station Estate at Newbridge Hill in the town and demanded cash from a woman worker.
Jonathan Dunn, prosecuting, said Scott’s head was covered by a hoodie and attempted to hide his face with a bandana.
“The woman thought he was a customer. She then saw that he had reached for a machete that was concealed down his trousers.”
Scott shouted “Give me your money” and tried to push his way into the woman’s office, but after a minute or two he then left empty handed.
Scott then went to a Co-Op store on Newbridge Hill where he approached a till operator and demanded he be given cash from the till.
Mr Dunn said that Scott raised his arm while holding the knife and again asked for money.
“The cashier said he couldn’t open the till.
“The defendant ran away. He went to his home address and collected an air pistol.
“The police had been called to deal with the robbery and officers were in the area in some numbers. He was seen by the police walking in a strange manner.
“They approached him. He produced the air pistol.”
Scott then spoke to the officers saying “Get me off the streets” and was detained.
In addition to the attempted robbery charges, Scott also admitted possession of a bladed article and possession of a firearm. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for four years.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Scott had begun to take the drug M Cat and started drinking heavily as a result of personal problems. He said Scott fell into debt with a drug dealer and that led to him committing the offences.
“He bitterly regrets what he did.”