A leading county businessman bravely stepped in to help thwart a criminal seconds before he sped away from the scene of a botched theft.
David Bletsoe-Brown, managing director of David Bletsoe-Brown Transport and Self Storage, took the law into his own hands when he noticed a man running away from Kettering’s PC World after allegedly trying to steal two TVs.
He drove his van in front of the alleged thief’s car as he was about to speed away from the scene in Northfield Avenue at about 11am on Tuesday, August 28.
Mr Bletsoe-Brown said: “I suppose adrenaline just took over, as did my natural instinct.
“It was a bit like Starsky and Hutch.
“He was all ready to go in his car and if I was literally seconds later, he would have gotten away.”
The 30-year-old man fled from PC World after allegedly trying to steal two TVs from the electrical goods store, and ran to his car which was parked outside.
After the would-be thief was boxed in by Mr Bletsoe-Brown’s van, more drama unfolded as staff from PC World tried to apprehend the man.
The alleged thief pulled Mr Bletsoe-Brown out of his van, but was stopped from driving away by PC World staff.
The man then decided to cut his losses and flee on foot, but was eventually caught by police officers after a short chase.
Mr Bletsoe-Brown added: “At the time I didn’t give it a second thought.
“It is all about sending a message out there that criminals can’t get away with things like this and if you can bring people to justice then you should try to do that.
“When I was pulled out of my van by the thief I did think ‘what the hell am I doing here’ but it was such a relief to find out he had later been caught.
“If he had sped away in his car there would have been no catching him.
“There were a lot of people around but no-one was helping the staff.”
The storage company he is managing director of is based in Telford Road, Kettering.
Northamptonshire Police confirmed they arrested a 30-year-old man in relation to the incident the same day.
A police spokesman said: “He was arrested for attempted theft and has been released on bail.”