A police helicopter was launched yesterday evening to track down a suspected burglar who fled a building site in Exmouth after the sudden arrival of officers.
At around 6.30pm, around eight officers raced to the former Hillcrest School site on St John’s Road in Brixington after sightings of two men trying to break-in to the temporary cabins.
Officers discovered that one of the cabins, which were being used as site offices for the construction team, had been broken into and various items stolen. Another had been damaged.
The items, including a radio, were subsequently found discarded nearby and recovered by police.
The damage caused to the cabins is estimated to be around £400.
A 23-year-old man from Exmouth was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken into custody at around 7pm at the scene.
Meanwhile a second man had fled into nearby woods.
The police helicopter was launched to conduct a search from the air while a dog handler searched on foot.
One of the men was wearing a green hoody and the other a black hoody.
Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen either suspect to contact them.
They would also like to hear from anyone who may have any information which could assist their enquiries, to contact them on 101, quoting crime reference number, KE/14/981.
Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on, 0800 555111.