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Watch helps police catch teen burglar

AN EAGLE-EYED resident helped police to catch a teenage burglar, who had broken into homes in the Castle Bromwich area.

AN EAGLE-EYED resident helped police to catch a teenage burglar, who had broken into homes in the Castle Bromwich area.

And the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator has been honoured for her part in helping to apprehend the repeat offender.

Cory Poutney, 19, from Kidderminster, had been wanted in connection with two break-ins in the leafy suburb.

After the young man had made off with electrical appliances from two homes, police issued a CCTV image of their prime suspect.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, had called police, after spotting a man who matched Poutney’s description.

Officers arrived on the scene, and caught the burglar red-handed at a nearby address.

Appearing at Worcester Crown Court last month, Poutney pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, and asked for a further two offences to be taken into consideration.

Det Sgt Andy O’ Keefe said: “I’d like to thank the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, because her swift reaction allowed us to deploy resources quickly, and catch the offender in action.

“It just shows that by working closely with our communities and sharing information, we are successfully reducing crime across the borough, and bringing offenders to justice.”

The unnamed woman has been presented with a Blue Lamp Award – recognising members of the public who have helped police, or shown bravery.

 

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