HELENSBURGH police have been praised for their quick action after cash was stolen from the town's newest museum.

The Scottish Submarine Centre on West King Street was broken into shortly before 1am on Tuesday, June 18 after a crook brazenly smashed the glass front door of the building.

A new CCTV and alarm system fitted at the centre helped identify a suspect who was seen fleeing from the scene clutching a bag.

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After a search of the area, police say that a man fitting the description of the suspect was apprehended following a foot chase, and the bag – containing around £60 in cash – was recovered nearby.

A 40-year-old man from Renton has been charged with alleged theft by housebreaking and will appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court this week.

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A spokesperson for the Submarine Centre told the Advertiser: “This is the fourth time in six months that The Tower and Submarine Centre have been targeted by break-ins.

“We recently fitted a new CCTV and alarm system and luckily it worked.

“This was an example of very effective policing and should be a warning to these guys.”