Burglar caught immediately after crime

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A burglar who stole an expensive jacket from a house in Tidworth was caught by our officers just minutes after he’d committed the crime.

Neighbourhood officers Sgt Tom Ellerby and PCSO Dan Catterick were on cycle patrol in the town Tuesday afternoon (07/04) when they were flagged down by a member of the public reporting the burglary at their home address.

The officers rode to the scene followed by colleagues who were in the area and found the suspect at the scene alongside the stolen North Face coat; he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to Melksham custody for further questioning.

During an interview, the 31-year-old local man admitted the offence and was given an adult caution.

Neighbourhood Sgt Ellerby said:  “The actions of today show that amidst the difficult issues we are all faced with at this time we are still dedicated to preventing crime and catching criminals.
“I can only praise the member of the public who brought this to our attention, and not taking matters into their own hands.  
“We will continue to be robust with those who continue to offend and break the law.”

Inspector Liz Coles said: “The quick thinking of the person being burgled along with the immediate help from our officers led to the offender being caught almost red-handed.
“The man received an adult caution on this occasion because he admitted the crime - which was his first offence, returned the property and was remorseful about the whole episode. 
“However, although some may see this as an easy punishment it’s not. 
“An adult caution will appear on a person’s record and could be disclosed to employers, potential employers and could affect other aspects of their life."
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