Police release helicopter footage of Teignmouth burglar capture

Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have released footage showing them catch a burglar in Teignmouth in January.

National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter from Exeter worked with officers on the ground after responding to a burglary in progress at a Teignmouth home.

The dog unit was at the scene and the helicopter searched the area, locating a person on thermal image in a nearby road and directing units to the location.

A second house burglary was also reported to the police at this time.

The male was found with credit cards in another person name. The man was arrested on suspicion of both burglaries and for assault on police.

Richard McGuiness was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court in March and sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the two burglaries and the assault on police.

Russ Woolford, Assistant Operations Director (South East) at the National Police Air Service said: “This is a great example of how the National Police Air Service works effectively with the officers on the ground to ensure suspects are detained and processed accordingly, and shows NPAS work closely with police forces, providing vital operational support to ground units.”

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