Three masked raiders were confronted by a street performer dressed as Shakespeare's ghost after targeting a jewellers shop in Warwickshire.
John Jarvis, 62, forced one of the men to the floor using his walking stick covered in garlands, as they fled down an alleyway in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Another bystander reportedly threw a chair at the robbers who used a crowbar and sledgehammers to smash a window containing watches.
Mr Jarvis, who was entertaining tourists when the men targeted the shop at about 11am on Wednesday 7th September.
When asked what he thought was going through the offenders' minds as they were confronted by someone dressed as a ghost he said:
Mr Jarvis also expressed surprise that the raiders had targeted one of the busiest streets in England.
No one at the store was injured during the raid and the offenders did not gain entry to the premises. The shop in Meer Street is expected to reopen tomorrow.
Police say two men, aged 19 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are in custody.