Police in Horncastle reported an improvement in their divisional crime figures after arresting a 13-year-old boy from Wragby.
The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with five offences.
He is currently on bail to appear at court at a later date.
Initially, he was identified as being involved in several shop thefts in Wragby - and criminal damage of a telephone kiosk.
He was given a conditional caution by the police’s Youth Offending Team.
Within two days of the terms of the caution being agreed, the boy was caught ‘red handed’ running from a shop clutching a full charity box.
He was arrested and charged with the five offences, including four of theft, one of criminal damage and one additional theft from a person.
The information is contained in the latest report by Inspector Terry Ball, the head of police in the Wolds Division.
He said the arrest of the teenager had ‘partly straightened out’ a recent prevalence of shop thefts.
Insp Ball says another well-known offender had been arrested on suspicion of three further shop thefts in Coningsby and Woodhall Spa.
The offender is on bail while investigations are on-going.
The Wolds Division includes Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Wragby, Coningsby and surrounding villages.
Overall there was a 5.2 per cent drop in figures year on year with 84 fewer offences reported up until November 14.
Insp Ball praised officers in Horncastle for their work on Halloween and Bonfire nights when no incidents were reported. He singled out a mobile police station operation which saw PSCO Nigel Wass handed out sweets to ‘trick and treaters.’