A 30-year-old man from Wimborne in Dorset has been arrested on suspicion of a string of offences following a series of linked incidents across the Isle of Wight yesterday (Saturday), which resulted in an Island-wide manhunt.
As first reported by Island Echo, Police were last night seeking a male following reports of burglary, criminal damage and theft of a motor vehicle at a number of properties across the Island.
It is alleged that the suspect stole a boat from the Keyhaven area on the mainland and crossed the Solent in a bid to flee the country. However, he is reported to have got into difficulty in the Western Solent, eventually coming ashore at Yarmouth. The boat was saved from sinking by the Hampshire Police Marine Unit, whose officers were recalled to duty to assist in the large scale operation.
It’s said that the individual then went on to steal a Ford Transit van in Yarmouth before proceeding to Shalcombe where he crashed into 2 cars on a driveway on Broad Lane. After failing to gain entry to a house the suspect is accused of ditching the van off Lynch Lane just a couple of miles away.
Police have revealed that further incidents took place in Shalfleet and Calbourne, which eventually led to the theft of a car from a driveway on Albert Road in Gurnard over 10 miles away at just before 21:00.
The suspect was finally apprehended in the area of Place Road in Cowes at 21:20 when the stolen Fiat Punto was ditched at the side of the road. It’s understood that the suspect attempted to make entry into another property having already walked through a family home in Gurnard.
Hampshire Constabulary say that the 30-year-old mainlander has been arrested on suspicion of 1 count of burglary and theft, 1 count of aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage and 1 count of criminal damage. A number of other offences believed to be a part of this series are also being investigated.
Police say that the events of yesterday are being treated as linked to one another, as reported by Island Echo last night.
Enquiries are ongoing at this time and the Dorset man remains in custody.