Two arrested over tractor GPS thefts

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing GPS systems from tractors in North Yorkshire.

Neighbourhood policing team officer PC Alex Wilkinson was patrolling the rural areas of Richmondshire last night when he was made aware of a vehicle in the area with links to the theft of tractor GPS systems across several counties, including North Yorkshire.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing team, roads policing group, and dog support unit immediately began searching for the vehicle.

The vehicle was sighted by PC Wilkinson near to Melsonby where it then made off before being tracked into the Darlington area, where officers from Durham Constabulary’s roads and armed policing unit joined the search.

The vehicle was subsequently located and stopped in Darlington in a joint effort between both North Yorkshire and Durham officers.

The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the GPS thefts, as well as on suspicion of going equipped to steal due to items found in the vehicle.

The two suspects were taken to custody to be interviewed.

PC Wilkinson said GPS systems from tractors are often targeted by thieves as high value items.

“Rural crime in all of its forms is one of the key priorities for the Neighbourhood Policing Team, and we will continue to Police it proactively and bring those that think it is acceptable to commit this type of crime to justice.

“If you have any concerns about your area, whether they be rural related or otherwise, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local neighbourhood policing team.”