Golf clubs returned to teenager after thief spotted showing them off by passing policeman

Posted On 14 Sep 2018 at 11:40 am

Picture of golf clubs by Frederick Dennstedt on Flickr

An eagle eyed PCSO used his initiative to reunite a boy with his golf clubs which had been stolen in Brighton.

The officer was on patrol in the city on Saturday (8 September) when he saw a man allegedly showing off a set of golf clubs to his friends in Brighthelm Gardens before he quickly made off.

The PCSO later saw a report that a set of specially made golf clubs worth £1,700 had been stolen from a Ford Transit van parked in North Street that day. The crime report had been made an hour after the PCSO had spotted the man.

Enquiries were made and a 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and possession of cannabis. The golf clubs were seized and reunited with their 14-year-old owner.

The Brighton man was released under investigation.

Sergeant Steve Rigby said: “This was really good joint effort by our prevention and response teams, which resulted in an arrest and getting some prized valuable golf clubs reunited with the owner.”

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