A HAIR straighteners heist ended in a tug-of-war between drug addict robbers and staff at a beauty supplier.
Cerise Theyer and dad-of-six Jamie Lake attempted to steal three sets of hair straighteners worth £300 from Sally Salon Services in Honeybourne Way, Cheltenham.
But their plan was foiled by quick-witted staff who tried to lock them in a cupboard, before the tussle broke out.
The pair were jailed after pleading guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to the robbery on May 18.
Prosecutor David Maunder described the robbery as a "hair straighteners heist".
He said Shirley Vaughan suffered some sort of blow during the tug-of-war, though it was not known who may have hit her.
Lake, known as Yankie, of Princess Elizabeth Way, also admitted possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply on November 21, 2012.
Mr Maunder said the 27-year-old was stopped on the street acting suspiciously before a strip search at Cheltenham Police Station uncovered around £200 of the drug in plastic wraps between his buttocks.
He also had £210 in his sock and two mobile phones.
He told the court: "Both phones had text messages making reference to drug dealing – some complaining of having been ripped off and relations complaining about him selling drugs, as well as requests."
In mitigation, Joe Maloney said Theyer, of Grove Street, Lansdown, wanted a prison sentence, rather than a community based drug rehabilitation order, as she had made progress coming off drugs since being in custody.
Mr Maloney said that Theyer felt being back in the community at this time would be "setting her up for a fall".
The 26-year-old was jailed for nine months and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC described the robbery as a "horrible attack".
He told her: "I think you are an intelligent young woman who knows you are going to die early and have a very miserable life, because that is what heroin does."
Lake was jailed for three-and-a-half years and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.
He added to Lake: "You know very well the example you are setting to your six children could not be worse.
"There are six children going around Gloucestershire saying my dad's a druggie – not a great start in life for them."