A SUSPECT fell into the canal while another escaped police on a boat after a burglary at a Coventry building site.
Police investigating the incident on Grange Road, Longford, Coventry, were pursuing two men who fled onto a nearby canal.
The men attempted to board a motorised cabin boat but one of the suspects fell in and was arrested.
The other managed to evade police after driving the boat further up the canal only to abandon it and escape on foot.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to a report of a burglary on Grange Road, Longford, Coventry, at around 6.25pm yesterday (Sunday, August 12).
“Two men who were seen nearby fled from police alongside a nearby canal.
“One of the men fell into the water and was subsequently arrested.
“The other man got into a small motorised cabin boat, which he took further up the canal before abandoning it and running off.
“The 31-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of burglary is still in police custody.
“Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 and give log number 1916 of 12 August.”
The Solihull and Coventry Force Response police joked on Twitter about making the suspect walk the plank after releasing photos of the getaway boat.
Referring to the images, the Tweet read: “‘Pirates of the Canal bein’ – caught by #dunit. A building site was burgled last night and offenders used this as a get away vehicle!
“Coventry Police barged onto the scene and their plan was left high and dry – one detained but the Inspector wouldn’t let us make him walk the plank!”
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