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A suspected jewellery thief was stopped in his tracks by an off-duty police officer in York.
North Yorkshire Police were called to a report of a burglary in progress at a shop on Market Street, York at about 10.40am today.
A man was reported to have smashed a glass panel with a hammer and grabbed jewellery. However, as he made off, he was detained by an off-duty police officer.
On-duty colleagues arrived a short time later, and he was arrested on suspicion of theft, criminal damage, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and burglary.
The 28-year-old suspect remains in custody at this time, and the scene of the incident is being forensically examined.
Anyone with information about the incident who hasn't already spoken to police is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12220178010.
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