Staff at Chesterfield shop help catch wanted man

Police in Chesterfield have praised staff at a town centre store for alerting police to a man wanted on suspicion of fraud and theft.

Monday, 15th February 2016, 4:27 pm
Updated Monday, 15th February 2016, 4:30 pm
Derbyshire police present the staff at Game in Chesterfield with a certificate of thanks for helping them to catch a man wanted for fraud and theft.

The staff at Game, on Burlington Street, noticed a man in their store who they recognised as being allegedly wanted for fraud at another Game store in the West Midlands area.

They contacted police who searched the area and arrested a man matching the description in the town centre.

Further enquiries by officers found that the same man was also wanted on suspicion of theft and fraud offences in West Yorkshire, West Midlands and Oldham, and offences in Derbyshire.

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A second man was arrested by police in Derby in connection with the same incidents later that day.

PC Stephen O’Callaghan and PCSO John Lockwood of the Chesterfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team presented the staff with a certificate as a thanks for their proactive work with police.

Team Sergeant Dave Nicholls said: “We would like to thank the staff at Game in Chesterfield for their prompt work to alert officers to a man who was allegedly wanted for fraud and theft offences, in Derbyshire and other parts of the country.

“Proactive actions like this go a long way into helping the police keep our town centres safe.”

Florin Craciun, 58, and Petru Pascu, 34, both of Helming Drive, Wolverhampton, appeared at Chesterfield Justice Centre charged with theft from a person on Friday, January 22.

They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday, February 19.