A TEENAGER who showed “public spirit and bravery” has received a Christmas-time commendation for helping police to arrest three thieves.
Martin Putnoky (17) from Broom, was walking in All Saints’ Square in Rotherham Town Centre on November 9 when he saw three men confront another man and steal his bag.
As the offenders fled, Martin alerted the police, chased and stopped the men so police could arrest them.
The Rotherham College student then helped the 52-year-old victim and gave him back his stolen bag.
Chief Insp Paul Ferguson told Martin: “In a situation like this, most people would look on in shock, hoping that somebody would come to help.
“You were that person. Acting out of public spirit and bravery, you came to the man’s aid.
“On your own, you chased the thieves and detained them.
“This commendation is in recognition of your bravery to help a stranger as well as a thank you from South Yorkshire Police for your public service.”
Martin said he was hoping to become a special constable and one day be taken on as a police officer.
As part of his award, he was invited to join Rotherham Central Neighbourhood team on a patrol.
Three men — a 21-year-old from Masbrough, a 24-year-old from Greasbrough and a 19-year-old from Balby — were arrested on suspicion of theft and released under investigation pending further enquiries.