A teenage bottle shop bandit caught by pub patrons was motivated by poverty a Launceston judge has found.
Rhys Albert Tapp, now 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery after stealing five spirit bottles from the All Year Round Tavern in South Launceston in 2012.
Tavern drinkers, watching the drama unfold on CCTV in the bar next door, chased the culprits and captured Tapp.
Today in the Supreme Court in Launceston Justice Robert Pearce said it was an ill-conceived and unsophisticated crime motivated by poverty.
Tapp has spent 22 days in custody for the matter.
Justice Pearce sentence him to four months imprisonment but suspended the balance.
He also ordered Tapp serve 105 hours community service.
Tapp's accomplice, who had a much worse criminal record, was sentenced to six months imprisonment.