Surfer makes citizens arrest at Byron

A SURFER who caught a 47 year old man breaking into his van and attempting to steal valuables has made a citizen-style arrest, chasing down and detaining the would-be-thief down until police arrived.

Tweed/Byron Detective Acting Inspector Claudia Allcroft said at 5.35pm last night the victim parked his Mitsubishi van in the car park at The Pass in Byron Bay to go for a surf, but returned shortly after when he realised he had forgotten something.

To his surprise, the surfer discovered a 47 year old Byron Bay man had forced entry into his van and appeared to be in the process of trying to steal property.

When the victim confronted the Byron man, Detective Acting Inspector Allcroft said the would-be-thief fled.

"The offender has run off and the victim has chased down and detained him," she said.

Detective Acting Inspector Allcroft said the surfer was assisted by other members of the public to detain the offender until officers from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command (LAC) arrived and made an arrest.

She said the 47 year old was charged with larceny, intent to commit indictable offence and two counts of assault.

He was bail refused to appear in the Tweed Local Court today.

Detective Acting Inspector Allcroft said it was a good opportunity to remind the public to ensure their vehicles were locked and secure and no valuable items were on display.

She said in the past, there have been spates of car thefts, particularly around beaches.

Detective Acting Inspector Allcroft said police advice was to not keep valuables and personal items in cars, ensure windows are fully closed and doors are locked and make sure any valuables are out of sight.



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