Report from http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk.
Attempts to break into a city centre jewellery store have been foiled by Gloucester's Paws on Patrol campaign.
A dog walker, who has signed up to the crime fighting scheme, saw a man smashing the window to Ernest Jones Jewellers in Northgate Street.
The crime fighter, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was walking my dog up Southgate Street and a guy whizzed past me on a bicycle carrying a scaffolding pole.
"As he passed, he said 'don't say anything mate', which I thought was very strange.
"Then I saw him stop outside the jewellers and start smashing the window with the pole.
"He smashed it but the window wasn't giving way so I went down Westgate Street in the hope that I would come across some police officers.
"Luckily it did not take me long to find them."
Later, police officers arrested a 25-year-old Gloucester man in Oxford Street.
An employee at Ernest Jones confirmed she was called late on Tuesday evening and told the store's alarm had been set off.
Hundreds of dog walkers have now signed up to Paws on Patrol, a campaign supported by The Citizen to get people to sniff out any anti-social behaviour or crime while they are walking their canine friends.
A police spokesman said: "The scheme is run by the Safer Gloucester partnership and encourages dog owners to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and possible crimes while walking their pets.
"We're delighted it's already proving effective and that there are over 500 members signed up.
"If you want to find out more and sign up please visit www.safergloucester.co.uk."
A 25-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage and remanded into police custody.
He is expected to appear at Gloucester Magistrates' Court today.