Would-be car thief caught in the act breaking into vehicle by police officer

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Watch the moment a police officer arrests a would-be car thief, after spotting him leaning into a smashed window of a vehicle.

Footage shows how a man was caught as he tried to steal from a car. An officer spotted Ian Chowles, 44, leaning into the window of the vehicle. As the Neighbourhood police officers approached, they saw the window was smashed.

The officers were on foot patrol in Peterborough city centre on the morning of 17 March when they entered the Bull Hotel’s car park in Fitzwilliam Street. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and attempted theft from a vehicle, but claimed the window was already smashed and he was just taking a look inside.

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Chowles, of Elizabeth Court, Peterborough City Centre, appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (14 May) where he was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within the next year after pleading guilty to attempted theft from a vehicle.

PC James Cullimore, who made the arrest and is the dedicated City Centre PC as part of the Business Improvement District (BID), said: “Being on foot patrol gives us a greater opportunity to see what’s happening around the city centre, and in this instance, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time and managed to intervene before Chowles could steal anything.”