Thief catcher

Same as Thief taker.

See also: Thief

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The film 'A Thief Catcher' is a 10-minute comedy, which was discovered last autumn by film historian and preservationist Paul Gierucki.
'A Thief Catcher' was filmed between January 5 and January 26, 1914, and released on February 14 the same year.
The 10-minute movie - A Thief Catcher was made in 1914 and features Chaplin, who was yet to become famous, as a dopey policeman.
What we need are "thief catchers" not career politicians in uniform.
A successful election campaign will see Ms Baird look to build trust in the force by ensuring officers are handed more opportunities to be "free-ranging crime preventers as well as thief catchers," a focus on localism which matches much of what chief constable Sue Sim has already set in motion.
Derek Bray, 35, starred in Channel 4's Dispatches show The Thief Catchers after racking up 32 convictions for 149 crimes, including burglary and drug offences.