DRAMATIC CCTV footage shows the moment a man is caught red-handed trying to 'steal a car' in Reading.

The man appears to be trying the handles of cars parked along Catherine Street early Saturday morning (May 22).

But CCTV footage caught him in the act.

The camera also managed to capture the moment a Catherine Street resident caught the man going through her car before she chased him off down the road.

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The woman in the video, Katarzyna Szyc, later reported the incident to the police.

She said: "Some people told me that I didn’t do the right thing to pursuing the thief, that's the police's job but I care about my property and my street.

"We can’t expect everything done by police, sometimes we need to take responsibility!"

Katarzyna Szyc

Katarzyna Szyc

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “An attempted car theft was reported to Thames Valley Police at around 7.30am (22/5) in Catherine Street, Reading.

“The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.”

Oner Savis, a resident on Catherine Street, added: “What she did was very dangerous but she did not just take care of her property, she also prevented stuff getting stolen from innocent hardworking people. 

"I believe she is a real strong heroic person and she takes care of her neighbourhood."

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