Burglar spotted by off-duty police officer

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A prolific burglar was caught after an off-duty police officer spotted him preparing to break in to a property, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Craig Chilman, who had gone on the run while facing recall to prison, walked up the drive of a property in Godiva Crescent, Bourne, but was seen by trainee detective Thomas Hunt who was visiting a nearby property.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that the officer, who is based at Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough, recognised Chilman and kept watch before contacting Lincolnshire Police.


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