A MAN followed an alleged burglar through the streets of Bournemouth on Sunday night after a café close to his home was reportedly raided twice in three hours.

The 27-year-old, of West Hill Road, tailed a hooded person after a neighbour claims to have spotted the alleged incident at the Jungle Café at around 7pm and 11pm. Police arrested one person at a property nearby.

The alleged raid at the café was one of three burglaries reportedly committed during the same evening, with Shwan Barbershop in Richmond Hill and Tapas Plus in Bourne Avenue also allegedly targeted.

The Good Samaritan said: “The first time, I saw the till smashed on the floor with loose change around.

“Three hours later, I got a phone call from the same neighbour saying the burglar was back.”

He called the police and followed the alleged burglar, who appeared to be “staggering” as he walked through the town.

Café owner Pavel Paska said around £3,000-worth of damage was caused, although around £100 was allegedly taken.

A till was smashed and a freezer overturned, which spoiled around £700-worth of stock.

A jar of tips was also stolen and flooring was damaged.

“I’ve been told by the insurance company I’ll get £1,000, but the cost of the damage caused is a lot more than that,” Mr Paska said.

Alex Dominguez, co-owner of Tapas Plus, said their till was emptied. 

Both Mr Paska and Mr Dominguez say they are concerned about a rise in crime in Bournemouth town centre.

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said a 41-year-old man from Salisbury has been charged with burglary. He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates Court on December 22.