Residents who helped with the arrest of teenage offenders
yesterday have been praised by police in Hamilton.
Members of the public assisted police in the arrest of threes
teens and the identification of a fourth in two separate
In the first, a Clarkin Rd resident noticed two teenage males
acting suspiciously and phoned 111, passing on an accurate
description of the teenagers.
Police found two males matching the descriptions. The pair
fled and a constable chased down one on foot and arrested him
but the second offender stole a bike and was still being
Senior Sergeant Freda Grace said a 17-year-old man had been
charged with the burglary of a Clarkin Rd home thanks to the
In a second incident yesterday, another member of the public
called police about a vehicle being driven suspiciously in
The vehicle's description was given to police who found the
car. It had been stolen from an east Hamilton home two days
Two males, aged 17 and 19, were arrested.
Ms Grace acknowledged the actions of the residents, saying it
first showed the value of people taking ownership of their
"Yesterday's arrests highlight the benefits of the police and
community working together to prevent crime," she said.