Tip-offs help police catch suspected thief in Fishponds

A man is in custody today after being arrested on suspicion of theft from a van in Fishponds.

Patrolling officers were flagged down just after 4.15am in Redhill Drive by a man on his way to work. He reported seeing two men on bicycles behaving suspiciously.

The officer found that a van had been broken into and detained one suspect almost immediately. A police dog and handler supported officers searching for the second suspect but no one else was located.

The suspect was further arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal and theft of a pedal cycle.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Green said: “This goes to show how big a part the community can play in helping us to keep neighbourhoods safe. One man stopped on his way to work to flag down officers and a second person called in after being woken, looking outside and seeing suspicious activity. We’re very grateful to them both for giving us this timely information.

“We’ve been targeting marked and covert patrols in this area after a number of thefts from vans in recent days. It’s really important that this sort of crime is reported so we can bid for resources and focus them in this way.”