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Suspected metal thief found by Kent Police pooch

A Kent Police dog found a suspected metal thief who had been hiding in a car park in Larkfield, near East Malling.

PD Biggy led officers to the man, after a patrol had followed a suspicious car during the early hours on Tuesday (May 3).

Police first sighted the vehicle travelling along the A20 London Road and followed the car to a nearby location where it was found abandoned.

The vehicle contained large amounts of electric cabling that is suspected to have been stolen and appeared to have been recently cut.

Gloves, cutters and a torch were also seized by police.

A Kent Police dog unit attended and tracked the area from the abandoned vehicle and a man was found nearby who was lying face down in a car park off of Larkfield Road.

The 35-year-old suspect from Larkfield, was arrested on suspicion of theft, being equipped for theft and driving without insurance.

PD Biggy’s handler later tracked down a second suspect several miles away in Wrotham, who had been travelling in a separate car.

The 53-year-old man was arrested in connection with the alleged theft, as well as for possessing a knife in public after a weapon was seized from the vehicle.

Both men were later released, pending the further investigation.

Featured Image: Kent Police.