On Monday evening (20th April) some light-fingered thieves decided to break into a farm in Tow Law and steal the farmer’s quad bike at around midnight.
Thankfully, say Durham Constabulary, the quad had a tracker fitted and the company alerted the victim when it was activated.
Response officers were then able to pursue the quad as it travelled south on the A68 before using a stinger to bring it to a stop in Spennymoor.
Despite the 23-year-old driver fleeing, officers chased him down and recovered the quad.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of burglary, breaching the government COVID19 restrictions and possession of a controlled drug and is currently in custody.
Inspector Ed Turner said: “Criminals will often try to target our rural communities for their farming vehicles but having a tracker makes all the difference in allowing our officers to return any stolen vehicles to their owners.
“A tracking device is relatively inexpensive and easy to install so I would urge any owners of vehicles like these to install one to help protect your property.
“Please help us to help you.”