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SCOOP ! Local Burglar arrested !!

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PostPosted: 05/03/09, 21:28    Post subject: SCOOP ! Local Burglar arrested !! Reply with quote

A suspected burglar was arrested in Lyme today by police who followed his footprints to the house he was allegedly robbing.

Snow had been falling for only a short time in Lyme Regis, Dorset, when the officers were told of the break-in at 4am. Believing they knew who was the likely suspect, two PCs went to his address and saw his footprints in the snow. One policemen followed them for a quarter-of-a-mile to the scene of the reported burglary, where his colleague was waiting with the victim. He then followed the prints to two more nearby houses and then to another address where the suspect was inside. Realising police were on to him, the suspect fled but officers simply chased after him by following his footprints again.

He was arrested a short time later while holding items thought to be from one of the houses. Inspector Alan Jenkins, of Dorset police, said: "This was a bit of good old fashioned policing. "When we got the call about the burglary the officers realised who was the likely suspect and went to his house. "Snow had only been falling for a couple of hours and there were footprints leading from the suspect's home.

"One officer followed them while the other went to the house that had been burgled."The prints led straight to the house. The officer then continued to follow the prints to two other address and they led him around the back of the houses. "They then led to a third house and the suspect was inside. The two pensioners who live there didn't realise he was in their house. "The suspect ran for it, but he was very easy to follow because he left more footprints. "The officers caught up with him after a couple of hundred yards. It was virgin snow and his were the only footprints at that time in the morning. He must have felt pretty stupid.

"We only get snow about once every 20 years or so in Lyme Regis so it's not often that officers can carry out this sort of detective work. "We took some photographs of the footprints which we will use as evidence." A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the break-ins.

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