POLICE have released footage of the moment a Teignmouth burglar was nabbed by officers thanks to the Force helicopter.
The night-shot sequence shows the detention of Richard McGuiness who last month was jailed for two break-ins in the resort and assault on police.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) aircraft, based in Exeter, responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a house in late January.
A police dog unit together with the helicopter crew checked the area. The aircraft team used a thermal imaging camera to identify a suspect in a nearby road, allowing them to send officers on the ground to the location.
A search of the detainee revealed he had credit cards on him in another’s name.
A police spokesman said: ‘At the same time, a second house burglary was reported and these cards were quickly identified as stolen from that scene.
‘The man was arrested on suspicion of both burglaries and for assault on police.’
Richard McGuiness was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court in March and sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the brace burglaries and the assault on police.
Russ Woolford, Assistant Operations Director (South East) at NPAS said: ‘This is a great example of how we work effectively with the officers on the ground to ensure suspects are detained and processed accordingly.
‘It shows NPAS work closely with police forces, providing vital operational support to ground units.’