POLICE arrested two suspect burglars hiding amongst boxes in a Willenhall garage â€“ and found one of them with a crowbar down his pants!
A member of the public raised the alarm just after 11pm on Wednesday (April 6) after spotting two men attacking the lock-ups in Winnalthorpe, Willenhall, near The Glade pub.
Officers were on the scene within five minutes and discovered a 37-year-old and a 23-year-old lying low amongst storage crates.
Neighbourhood Inspector Alastair Orencas, said: â€œBoth men were arrestedâ€¦the youngest of the pair seemed to be walking with a limp but it turned out he was secreting a two-foot crowbar down his trousers.
â€œWe received the 999 call at 11.04pm and made the arrests at 11.09pm. The speed at which we arrived at the scene clearly caught them out; perhaps they expected more time to rummage through the garages.
â€œIt appeared that a number of garages had been tampered with whilst a clasp lock on one of them had been forced open.â€
The 37-year-old, from Foleshill, and the 23-year-old local man have been bailed until next month pending further enquiries.
Insp Orencas, said: â€œThis was a great arrest in an area that previously had been high on our burglary radar.
â€œHowever, there has been just one burglary across Willenhall in the first week of April which is down markedly compared to the same period last year. Thatâ€™s testament to the work of my officers in the south of Coventry and the concerted drive weâ€™ve had to reduce acquisitive crime.â€