A 10-year-old boy from Darlington managed to catch a thief with some quick thinking and the aid of Twitter.
He spotted 24-year-old Craig Royal snatching an iPhone from a pedestrian, and then cycling off on his mountain bike. As his father drove alongside the thief, he snapped a shot of him with his mobile.
When they got back home, the Mirror reports, the lad posted the image up on Twitter. Police were subsequently able to identify and arrest Royal.
According to the Mirror, Inspector Mark Hall commented: “This young boy was a key witness whose public spiritedness enabled us to quickly identify and arrest the suspect.”
Royal, who had apparently been drunk at the time of the incident, was fined and given a 12 month conditional discharge.