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Police praise vigilant member of the public


1:18pm 22nd November 2011
(Updated 1:19pm 22nd November 2011)

Police have praised a vigilant member of the public after a man was arrested in York last night (Monday 21st November) on suspicion of burglary.  

Police received a call just after 11pm from a member of the public who had noticed a suspicious vehicle and its occupant in Danesgate in York.

Police attended the scene and found that the vehicle, a black Audi A3 had been stolen from a property in Northallerton earlier that day during a 2-in-1 burglary. Other items including a lap-top, ipod and camera were also taken during the burglary.

The occupant of the car, a 22 year old man of no fixed address was arrested by police on suspicion of burglary and car theft. He was taken into custody for questioning where he currently remains.

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson who is leading North Yorkshire Police’s current burglary campaign, Operation Haven, said:

“This is a great example of how information from the public helps the police. A simple hunch that something was not quite right has led to the arrest of a suspect and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

“The public act as the eyes and ears of the police and their help is instrumental in helping us to prevent and detect crime, as this case demonstrates.”

If you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, no matter how trivial you think it might be, please call the police.

You can either ring North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or, if you don’t want to give your name, you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime taking place, please dial 999.

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