We had a bit of excitement on Tuesday morning

Mandy was up early, as usual, to prepare breakfasts and she startled a burglar at 6:45.  He’d got in our back door which was temporarily not as secure as it should have been.  He got away with my camera (and expensive lens) and my mobile phone.  By the time Mandy came back to wake me up he was long gone.

But…Mandy suggested we try and track the phone on Google’s “Find My Phone”.   Brilliant idea…if you have an android device and have connected your phone to your Google account then it will track it.  So we pinpointed it to a house about a mile away and notified the police.

The “pin” started moving though so we rang the police to tell them – who were doing house to house searches in that area but they seemed confused about what I was telling them so we decided to go there ourselves.

We screeched up outside the house and Mandy shouts, “I’m going in!!”    I was lost for words and wanted to scream “Noooo” but it wouldn’t come out.  She was out the car in an instant and running down the road.   Oh Jeeze….she’s going in the wrong house, I thought, but by the time I’d got out of the car she was 20 yards down the road and had this smackhead pinned against a wall.   She’d recognised him.   I ran to assist in detaining him but I really wasn’t needed – he wasn’t going anywhere with Mandy’s vice like grip.

Police were 50 yards away and they took over when they saw the commotion.

He still had my gear on him!!   Result!!

Potential guests – it’s the first burglary we’ve had in 15 years and…we have a new lock and security lights being fitted

It made the local rag:  http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/plucky-blackpool-hotelier-uses-google-to-catch-burglar-1-8812390

Update:  it made the Daily Fail as well 🙂


(LOL…typical comments from the Daily Fails readers questioning where I was and if I was a man or a mouse….thanks “Pippa” from Surbiton )