The initiative of an alert off-duty police officer has led to a man being charged with thefts from an Eastbourne hotel.
PC Scott Franklin-Lester spotted on social media that the owners of the East Beach Hotel in Royal Parade were seeking information about the thefts of two valuable jardinière plant pots from their lounge area between 8am and 9am on Saturday 10 December, which had not been reported to the police at that stage.
He started enquiries and on checking CCTV found a suspect walking along the seafront at the relevant time, with the two jardinieres which he left in a fishing boat by the seafront, before returning to pick them up in a car.
A Facebook comment by a member of the public had also referred to seeing a man with the items along the seafront.
On 18 December, PC Franklin-Lester traced the car and driver to an address in Pevensey Bay.
Alan Florey, 63, unemployed, from Church Bailey, Westham, has been charged with theft of the jardinières, driving with no insurance and driving with a licence. He has been bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates Court on 5 January.
The two jardinieres have not yet been found. They are each about 4', made of wood, painted black, and are valued at about £250 each. If you have any information about them, please email email@example.com quoting 47160174529.
Photo courtesy Sussex Police