Police have arrested a 29-year-old Winsford man who walked out of a discount store with a trolley full of unpaid items.
Cheshire Police were called to the B&M Bargains store at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre on Dingle Lane, shortly after 11am today (September 23), after a man walked out of the store without paying for a number of items.
The man who left the store with a trolley full of stolen goods dumped the items nearby and fled the scene, making off from police officers before hiding in a wooded area nearby.
Police worked with the National Police Air Service Helicopter, who circled the area, to detain the man.
All items were recovered and the man was later arrested.
A police spokesman said: “A man left the B&M bargain store this morning with a trolley full of stuff without paying.
“We made a search of the area to locate the man and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft and taken into police custody.
"He is currently helping police with their enquiries.
"All items were recovered."
Cheshire Police posted on their Facebook page: "A suspect in Winsford made off from patrols and hid in a wooded area.
"Despite our best efforts and the use of a dog and the helicopter we could not locate the person.
"We therefore put an old tactic into place that worked nicely. Suspect detained.
"Great job by Northwich patrols and our control room staff."
Anyone with any information should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.