POLICE officers caught a suspected jewel thief yesterday after spotting him by chance in Civic.
At around 12.30pm yesterday, officers were patrolling Petrie Plaza when they saw a man who physically resembled the offender in CCTV footage of a burglary that occurred at 10pm on Saurday night, at a jewellery store on Mort Street, Civic.
During the burglary a man wearing distinctive clothing was captured on camera removing jewellery from a display cabinet.
Yesterday at around 5.30pm, police searched an Ainslie house where they located and seized clothing they believed was worn by the offender during the burglary.
The 42-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary and theft.
He was expected to face the ACT Magistrates court today. Police will oppose bail.
Anyone with information about the burglary can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.