One of Sutton’s most wanted violent offenders was arrested this week after an undercover crime blitz led the borough’s top cop.
Christopher Brett, of Carshalton Road, Sutton, was arrested after Borough Commander Guy Ferguson launched a massive undercover operation to “disrupt and catch criminals”.
Dozens of plain-clothed officers, from Sutton’s Wanted Offender Team, flooded the High Street on Tuesday searching for outstanding suspects.
One officer spotted Brett, who was oblivious to the police presence around him, casually walking through the High Street.
The surprised 29-year-old was arrested on the spot and was held in custody until he appeared at Sutton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
He was ordered to return on November 24 while probation reports were organised.
Borough Commander Guy Ferguson said: “This was a good result and criminals be warned: these impromptu operations will be repeated over the coming weeks and months.
“Sutton is a low crime borough and a safe borough and we are determined to keep it that way.”
Brett was wanted by police after he dodged a separate magistrates’ court hearing in September.
Despite being absent from court that day, he was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to a 41-year-old man at a Carshalton party in May.
Supt Phil Willis, the officer leading Operation Holly, said: “The arrest of this wanted man was a good piece of police work and showed that officers have a good knowledge of outstanding suspects and are committed to catching offenders.”
The impromptu police operation coincided with the launch of Operation Holly to disrupt criminal activity and keep Sutton safe during the festive party season.