Knaresborough theft suspect rumbled thanks to quick-thinking off-duty officer

A suspected thief has been arrested thanks to the vigilance of an off-duty police officer and store staff in Knaresborough.
A suspected thief has been arrested thanks to the vigilance of an off-duty police officer and store staff in Knaresborough.

A suspected thief has been arrested thanks to the vigilance of an off-duty police officer and store staff in Knaresborough.

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At around 2pm on September 15, a boy was seen on in-store CCTV stealing items of clothing from a shop at the town’s retail park.

As he left the store, he was challenged by an off-duty Special Constable, who happened to be passing. He had noticed the boy behaving suspiciously, and detained him until an on-duty officer arrived at the scene a few minutes later.

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The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of shop theft, and taken into custody. He has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

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Two suspected stolen coats and two bottles of perfume were recovered.