Quick work and local knowledge by Wellington police officers led to the prompt arrest of burglary suspect Anthony McLellan – and the recovery of a large amount of property stolen from garden sheds in the town.
PC Daniel Bishop’s suspicions were aroused by a call from a member of the public about a man pushing a wheelbarrow in the street early in the morning of Thursday June 20. Shortly afterwards reports started coming in of three shed burglaries in neighbouring houses.
Taunton and Wellington Inspector Stuart Bell said: “PC Bishop and his beat manager used their local knowledge and intelligence to narrow down a shortlist of likely suspects. When they called at the home of one of them they found all the stolen property, including mountain bikes, garden equipment and power tools, all of which will be returned to their owners. This was a really good outcome, resulting from excellent local teamwork.”
McLellan, 28, of High Street, Wellington has been charged with three counts of non-dwelling burglary and one of theft. He appeared before Taunton Deane Magistrates on Friday June 21 and was remanded in custody to appear next at Taunton Crown Court.