Heroic dog corners 'terrified' teenage thief after he steals women's phone in north London

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A thief was chased down by a heroic pet dog after the thug swiped a woman’s mobile and tried to cycle off in north London.

The teenager, 15, was arrested after the pet, named Tyson, pursued him when he swiped the woman’s phone in Finsbury Park.

Members of the public detained the boy after the dog scared him off his bike and he come to a grinding halt on Wednesday evening.

Police then arrived and arrested him.

Roger Sahota, a councillor for the local authority, said he saw the dog had cornered the thief in Stroud Green Road at about 8.40pm.

He told the Islington Gazette: “I was coming home having been swimming and there was a bit of a commotion in Albert Road.

“I then saw Tyson and his owner had cornered this young lad, who had been chased down the road by the victim, a young woman, who had her phone snatched.

“Unluckily for them Tyson was doing his rounds and had chased one of them and snapped at his heels, making him jump off his bike.”

He said the teenager was visibly “terrified” of Tyson. 

The councillor added: “He got his just deserts and Tyson was the hero. His owner was gushing with pride. I’m sure he got an even bigger T-Bone steak than normal.”

Police were still trying to trace another boy in connection to theft, after he made off from the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and found a member of the public had detained a suspect. The 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken into custody at a north London police station.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify and trace the second suspect.”

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