An antique knife from a British soldier’s pocket can be a lifesaver for thieves, a British man has revealed.
The blade of the dagger known as the Henry IV was found at a time when the soldier’s life depended on it.
His daughter-in-law, a retired police officer, had been working as a cook at a restaurant and wanted to show off the knife to her boyfriend.
When the woman realised she was getting married, she realised she needed to get a new one.
She was told she could have the old knife for £100, but only £50 from a local pawnshop.
When she found out she could borrow it for a few weeks at a low rate, she bought it for £150.
The price was very reasonable and the shop owner had been in touch with the police.
It has since been handed over to the Royal Armouries.
But, when the knife was discovered, the owner of the pawnshop realised that the knife could be used to steal.
He contacted the police and after a search of his home, a court was called.
Mr Thomas was arrested and held for three days before he was handed over and his case was transferred to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mr John, a soldier, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the burglary.
He was given a 10-month suspended sentence and told he could have a one-year licence on his knife, which he used for almost 20 years.
He is now living in Scotland, where he has since sold the knife.