A convicted robber from Chiswick has been recalled to prison after being caught with a large hunting knife in Hounslow.
Gary Ebanks was on licence from prison after serving 30 months behind bars for robbery offences when he was caught shoplifting in Hounslow earlier this year.
The 38-year-old, of Nightingale Close, Chiswick, was spotted by plain clothes stealing goods from the homeware store Wilko at the Treaty Centre , in Hounslow High Street, on May 5.
When he realised he was being watched he dropped the stolen items and fled, but officers gave chase and he surrendered a short distance away in the car park of Hotel ibis in Staines Road.
A large hunting knife was found close to where he was standing, and he was arrested and later charged with theft and possessing an offensive weapon.
Ebanks initially denied the charges but eventually admitted both counts last Monday (August 11) during his trial at West London Magistrates' Court.
He was sentenced at the court last Friday (August 15) to 12 weeks in prison.
He was also recalled on licence to serve an additional 20 months in prison, having broken the terms of his release from jail following his previous conviction for robbery offences.
PC John Taylor, of Hounslow Crime Squad, said: "Despite Ebank's efforts to evade the police and his subsequent denial of possessing the knife, the court has acknowledged the compelling forensic and circumstantial evidence against him, and a jail term has been handed down.
"This sends out a strong deterrent message to those who might be tempted to carry weapons."
Police appealed for information earlier this month after a man was stabbed over a mobile phone in Hounslow, before good samaritans chased away his attacker.