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Budding Nelson sleuth helps solve crime

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

A Nelson motel owner's clever detective work has helped arrest an alleged thief and recover stolen property.

The man had earlier stolen a laptop, wallet and keys from the motel owner's business on Waimea Road last Thursday but was caught on surveillance camera, police say.

The motel owner later that afternoon saw the man catching a bus and followed it in his car until the man got off at Franklyn Village.

He then called the police where the man was arrested and some stolen items recovered.

He now faces Nelson District Court on Monday charged with burglary.

Police thanked the motel owner for his "great work" as a budding sleuth.

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