CCTV footage has been released showing the moment Haiwa Ezzeddine Mohammed attacked the Good Samaritan only to end up running away when the man fought back with a large piece of wood.
The member of the public was arriving early for work at a Handsworth industrial estate when he saw Mohammed using a fence post to smash open a safe he had stolen from a convenience store.
Mohammed, from Tipton, and fellow crooks had earlier broken into the shop in Birmingham city centre and taken £15,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and a security box after cutting through the roof.
Realising he had been rumbled, 35-year-old Mohammed tried scaring off the man by grabbing a machete from his white Mercedes getaway car.
Mohammed ran towards the man swinging the blade but the fearless worker took on the knifeman with a piece of wood he picked up from the floor.
Security camera footage shows Mohammed backing away and then running off before the man called police to report the crime.
Officers traced Mohammed’s car and seven days later arrested him from his home in Ballfields, Tipton. A search of the Mercedes uncovered tools used in the burglary plus cash and Viagra tablets also stolen from the shop.
His phone was also found to contain a video he took of accomplice Halo Tawfiq breaking into the stolen safe. The trainers he was wearing in the CCTV footage were also found at his home.
Mohammed denied burglary, going equipped for burglary and making threats with a bladed article but was found guilty after a four-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Mohammed was sentenced to four years behind bars on Monday, while Tawfiq, 32, was jailed for 40 months in September 2019.
Meanwhile the passer-by has been nominated for a bravery award by West Midlands Police for his actions on July 25 last year.
PC Mat Evans from Birmingham Police, said: “He showed incredible bravery in being able to fend off the gang, and ended up chasing them all off despite being outnumbered and facing a terrifying weapon.
“We are nominating him for a police bravery award. Not only did he demonstrate incredible bravery in defending himself, but his evidence was vital to pulling the whole case together to secure a conviction against a violent crook.”