The story of how two thieves were caught trying to steal while they were in hospital was revealed by an inspector.
During the early hours of yesterday (Saturday 28 March), a patient was inside Basildon and Thurrock hospital and was receiving assistance.
When around 2.25 they saw four males trying to enter the parking lots that contained money from visitors and staff who had paid to park on the site.
The accused thieves were unaware that they were being watched through a hospital window.
The patient then went to a nurse to make her aware of what was going on, who then dialed 999.
The agents were then quickly dispatched to the hospital and when the “thieves” arrived they fled the scene.
Essex police chased men across the fields, through bushes, into ditches and even over fences, in an attempt to prevent them from escaping.
The team managed to detain two men and surrounded a third who chose to hide in a nearby garden.
Despite the best efforts of the third suspect to escape via climbing a fence, he was also detained.
Two men, aged between 20 and 30, were subsequently arrested by the Essex police on charges of attempted theft and criminal damage and both remain in custody.
A third 30-year-old man was also arrested on charges of carrying a blade weapon.
The police also discovered a lot of discarded tools that have now been recovered.
Their investigation continues to locate the fourth male believed to be involved in the accident.
The whole ordeal lasted only a few minutes, with officers receiving shards and confusing their uniforms in pursuit.
Inspector Brewer turned to social media to explain the whole story: “Basildon LPT D Shift responded quickly in response to the 999 call and their coordinated response arrested the suspects in minutes.
“They are now gathering evidence, clearing the mud from their uniforms and one of them is taking a sliver from his hand, don’t worry that he is fine. We are committed to helping people, keeping people safe and catching criminals and dedicated to support our friends in the NHS.
“I would also like to thank the patient for her sharp eye and the nurse for the prompt call to the police.”