T-shirt leads to arrest of ‘ladderman’ in Tamworth

Police have collared a man captured on camera stealing ladders from a Peel St business – while wearing a prominent construction trade firm’s name on his t-shirt.

Decorama owner Bruce Hemmett yesterday got his $900 window furnishings ladders back after police arrested and charged a man they say helped steal them two weeks ago.

Mr Hemmett had handed over CCTV footage that his staff had recorded from the time of the robbery – and police did the rest. The Leader revealed the TV stealing show on Wednesday – and not long after an arrest was made.

According to Inspector Jeff Budd, the identity of the alleged thief was uncovered when 

police fronted the boss of the firm named and framed in the footage – and, furious about the incident, he led them to a young man.

Inspector Budd said a 20-year-old Tamworth man would front court on stealing charges over the matter.

Mr Hemmett said the happy ending to the theft had also proven the benefits of the CCTV camera he had installed at his shop.

“There wasn’t a big cost to it, we could have spent more and got a better quality, but for a small investment it was a great result,” Mr Hemmett said.

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