CINEMA-GOERS in Birstall were treated to more than just a film when police officers burst into a showing part-way through the action.
Officers stopped a screening of Maze Runner: The Death Cure at Showcase Cinemas on Tuesday night to arrest three male teenagers, aged 14, 16 and 17.
The trio were arrested in connection with an investigation into a burglary conspiracy involving offences targeting high-value vehicles in Batley, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Mirfield, Cleckheaton and other towns across West Yorkshire. They remain in custody, while two males aged 20 and 27 were arrested but released under investigation.
Detective Sergeant Scott Hartley, of Kirklees CID, said: “There were a few cinema-goers who will have got more than they bargained for last night (Tues) when the drama came off the screen and into real life.
“Our thanks to the staff at Showcase Cinemas for their help in allowing us into the screening to make the arrests and for the other people watching the film for their patience during the unscheduled interval.
“The arrests came about after an off-duty police officer recognised the youths as individuals that we had been looking to arrest.
“These arrests form part of a thorough inquiry into nearly 20 burglary offences across West Yorkshire in which houses have been broken into to get keys for vehicles parked on driveways.”