British Cop Chases Suspect: Himself

Security camera confusion leads to hilarious pursuit
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2012 7:00 PM CST
British Cop Chases Suspect: Himself
A CCTV security camera points to Parliament Square in sight of St Stephen's Tower, better known as Big Ben, in London, England.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – For 20 minutes, an undercover British police officer intrepidly tracked a suspicious person in an area recently hit with a spate of burglaries. Unfortunately, the officer was chasing himself. How? An operator watching the street via security camera alerted the plain-clothes officer of a suspicious person in the area—not realizing it was, in fact, the cop, explains the Telegraph. The camera operator began relaying the whereabouts of the "suspect" so the officer could nab him.

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"Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the (officer) was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace," said another officer. The confusion ended when a police sergeant entered the CCTV operator's room and figured out what was happening. He also "laughed hysterically," adds the Telegraph. (Read more CCTV stories.)

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