Nicked/caught/busted by the police!!

  • Orange Blossom

    Senior Member
    U.S.A. English
    My understanding is that a person would not be nicked by the police or anyone else, but an item would be nicked by a thief.

    She nicked the platter. <-- She stole the platter.

    The platter was nicked. <-- The platter was stolen.
    He was busted by the police. <-- Informal usage.
    He was caught by the police. <-- Formal usage
    He was arrested by the police. <-- Another good option for formal use.

    Orange Blossom