A 41-year-old Terry Turner Drive resident turned into a suburban crime fighter on Tuesday morning when he nabbed two boys believed to be responsible for a string of thefts in Orange.
At 5am on Tuesday the resident caught the boys, aged 14 and 16, trying to get into his car and chased them down the street, eventually catching them as they hid nearby.
The man then retained the boys by holding onto the backpacks they were wearing until police arrived a short time later.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Bruce Grassick said the boys were arrested over five incidents involving thefts from vehicles and one attempted theft from a vehicle .
Police also suspect the boys were in possession of a number of stolen items as their backpacks contained torches, wallets and keys.
The arrests were made in relation to incidents that occurred between 3.30pm on August 26 and 5am on Tuesday in Kaleno Way, Greerlyn Way, Gersbach Place and Terry Turner Drive.
The stolen items included a camera, cash, knives, bags, a wallet and tools.Inspector Grassick said while the boys had "certainly been active" the fact they were so young came as no surprise.
"We deal a lot with young offenders," he said.Inspector Grassick said the arrest was a good result for police, working with help of the general public.
"[However] I wouldn't encourage members of the public to hold on to offenders in that way," he said.
"While in this case it resulted in the arrest of the children, we need people to be mindful that these could have been violent offenders and they could have been armed."
Inspector Grassick said anyone who suspected they may have recently had items stolen from their vehicles should contact police.