Police chief chases shoplifter in town centre

This Is Wiltshire: Chief Constable Pat Geenty chased a suspected shoplifter in Chippenham yesterday Chief Constable Pat Geenty chased a suspected shoplifter in Chippenham yesterday

WILTSHIRE Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty found himself back on the beat when he took after a suspected shoplifter in Chippenham yesterday.

The off-duty police chief spied the suspect fleeing from a store on the High Street and old instincts kicked in as he began the pursuit.

The former secondary school teacher was forced to admit he lacks his old speed as the culprit managed to evade his grasp, but the stolen goods were recovered and the alleged offender has been logged.

Shortly after the event, Mr Geenty took to Twitter to receive some gentle ribbing from colleagues.

He tweeted: “Just chased a shoplifter up Chippenham high street (off duty). Goods recovered, crime recorded but he outpaced me, must be getting slow!!!”

Mr Geenty has had recent success on the frontline after making his last arrest eight months ago on the streets of Devizes.

When teased by colleagues, he said: “Sadly he was too quick for me. I think it was the 30 year age gap, but still, he will come again.”

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Melgee says...

Even if you had caught him red handed whether your a Chief Constable or just an ordianary PC Plod nothing would have been done to ensure the thief doesn't re-offend by the Courts.
Should have saved your breath Mr. Geenty and be warned, at your age you could have been a victim of a sudden heart attack.
Even if you had caught him red handed whether your a Chief Constable or just an ordianary PC Plod nothing would have been done to ensure the thief doesn't re-offend by the Courts. Should have saved your breath Mr. Geenty and be warned, at your age you could have been a victim of a sudden heart attack. Melgee
  • Score: 0

3:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

swindonurock says...

Melgee wrote:
Even if you had caught him red handed whether your a Chief Constable or just an ordianary PC Plod nothing would have been done to ensure the thief doesn't re-offend by the Courts.
Should have saved your breath Mr. Geenty and be warned, at your age you could have been a victim of a sudden heart attack.
The shoplifter would probably get:

a) counselling for the distress caused by being chased
b) free coupons to the shop, so as to become familiar with shopping legally
c) free gym membership to encourage his obvious latent athletic ability
d) an apology from the courts for making him break a sweat.
[quote][p][bold]Melgee[/bold] wrote: Even if you had caught him red handed whether your a Chief Constable or just an ordianary PC Plod nothing would have been done to ensure the thief doesn't re-offend by the Courts. Should have saved your breath Mr. Geenty and be warned, at your age you could have been a victim of a sudden heart attack.[/p][/quote]The shoplifter would probably get: a) counselling for the distress caused by being chased b) free coupons to the shop, so as to become familiar with shopping legally c) free gym membership to encourage his obvious latent athletic ability d) an apology from the courts for making him break a sweat. swindonurock
  • Score: 3
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree