POLICE in Scarborough were today still questioning a man who was arrested in the South Cliff area of the town earlier this week.
Several police vehicles surrounded his silver BMW as he drove along Ramshill Road at about 7pm on Tuesday.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 29-year-old man from the West Yorkshire area who was arrested on Tuesday night remains in police custody.”
He added that the arrest had been part of a routine inquiry.
The suspect was arrested in connection with suspected fraud offences.
At least four marked police vehicles and an unmarked car with plain-clothes officers were involved in Tuesday’s sting.
Witnesses said that some of the police were armed and between 10 and 15 officers were used to detain the suspect next to the Ramshill Road branch of Cooplands.
At the time of the incident several people in a nearby shop heard the commotion and went outside to see what was happening.
One said: “There were a couple of cars with the silver car in the middle. As quickly as it started it was finished.”
Plain-clothes officers were spotted in an unmarked car in Albion Road before they were given the signal to follow and stop the suspect.
When the police vehicles swooped on their intended target witnesses said they hemmed the suspect vehicle in so it could not move in any direction.
Residents were shocked to see the police operation and one said: “It’s normally quiet around here. You don’t expect something like that to happen.”
A man and a woman were travelling in the silver BMW but officers only arrested the man.
It is understood that evidence was taken from the boot of the car.
One man, who would not give his name, said that he thought armed officers were also involved in the operation and a Neighbourhood Support Team was also involved.