Police snatch burglary suspect who ordered a taxi to make getaway to Bradford
A burglary suspect who hailed a taxi in a bid to make an escape was arrested by police after a tip-off from the driver.
In the early hours of this morning police were called to reports of a burglary in the Colne Road area of Trawden in which keys were taken for a number of vehicles, including a white Fiat 500.
Officers were later called to reports the same Fiat 500 had crashed into a stationary Lexus in Winewall.
Response officers, tactical operation officers, the police dog unit and the police helicopter were all sent to the area and scoured Ball Grove Park and fields in the direction the suspects were seen to leave towards.
Police dog 'Zorro' and his handler tracked miles across snowy fields and as the search went towards Colne Road, an officer was stopped by a taxi driver who enquired if he was the man who had ordered a taxi going to Bradford.
The taxi was followed and when the customer eventually got into the taxi he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The 19-year-old man, from Bradford, remains in custody.
Insp. Andy Ainsworth, from Pendle Police, said: “This arrest came as a result of good police work and I would like to thank all involved.
“We will increase patrols in the Trawden area in the coming days. I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to keep all doors and windows secure and to not leave any valuables or vehicle keys on display.”
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