A SHOPPER whose tip off helped to catch an alleged shoplifter at Tesco's is feeling sore at not having received any thanks for his efforts.

Neither the company nor the police have contacted the 45-year-old "Good Samaritan" who lives at Ash.

He said this week: "I thought Tesco's might have shown a bit of gratitude; after all they knew where to contact me."

The man, who asked for his name not to be published for fear of reprisals, witnessed the theft while visiting the company's Aldershot store.

He was putting his shopping in his car when the thief burst through a fire door carrying a DVD player.

After hurling the box on to the back seat of a Ford Escort, the villain jumped in the car and sped off with two accomplices.

The eyewitness took the registration number and details of the car and handed them to a store employee.

He also left his name, address and telephone number.

When he returned to the store a week later, he inquired if his information had resulted in an arrest.

But a security guard gave him the impression that his tip off had not been followed up.

It was only when the Star contacted Tesco's head office that news of the arrest emerged.

A spokeswoman said: "The incident was reported to Aldershot police, and a customer has been detained."