come to the attention of the police


come to the attention of the police
   to be a habitual criminal
   The constabulary do not so refer to their benefactors:
    More important, many of them, as the superintendent puts it, 'come to our attention'. (Daily Telegraph, 9 April 1996, of young unemployed adults living at the public expense in seaside hotels)

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