Have-a-go hero chased burglar for one mile
A 66-YEAR-OLD man has described how he chased a burglar more than half his age for over a mile after finding him coming out of his front gate.
During the pursuit through the streets of Morriston, Roderick Hughes used his mobile phone to summon police and officers with dogs joined in the search.
The burglar eventually got away, but South Wales Police have issued a description of the suspect.
Mr Hughes said Tuesday's break-in has left him fearful and angry, but if he had been 10 years younger he would have caught the culprit.
Mr Hughes told the Post he came home from shopping to find the man coming out of his property and, after being told what was happeneing by a neighbour, gave chase up to Arwelfa in Clase from his home in Heol Rhosyn.
He said: "The overall impact has been one of fear and anger — anger that someone could have so much effect on me and my home.
"If he had managed to take anything I would have been devastated, it was shocking as I hardly had time to think.
"I was coming home and noticed a young man coming out of the gate.
"I thought it was a bit strange and then a neighbour came across the road and said he had tried to get into the house through a window.
"The man fled, I dropped my shopping and started to run after him.
"As I was chasing him I phoned the police. I chased him up to houses by the DVLA and then into Morriston Park.
"The police came with dogs and there was a report he was jumping through back gardens, but he had disappeared.
"I was exhausted but if I was 10 years younger I would have caught him, the adrenaline kicked in.
"Someone must know who did it."
South Wales Police, who carried out an extensive search of the area, have described the suspect as being white, in his early 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build.
He had short hair, was clean shaven and wore a maroon coloured round neck long-sleeved top.
He was also wearing grey coloured tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
The incident happened between 9.40am and 9.50am.
Can you help? Contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.