Just before 1am on Thursday, August 20, a member of the public reported a quad bike being driven in suspicious circumstances through Helmsley market place.
North Yorkshire Police officers immediately headed to the area, cutting off nearby roads to stop the quad getting away.
Despite the darkness and fog, officers managed to find the quad at 1.40am.
It had been abandoned down a track off the A170, west of Helmsley.
Although no suspects were immediately located, the quad – a red Honda TRX – was recovered and enquiries begun to locate its rightful owner.
The following morning, police received a call from the quad bike’s owner. It had been stolen from a locked building at a premises in Helmsley.
A tractor had been parked up against the building, but thieves had forced it back and managed to get inside.
Officers were able to share the good news that the stolen quad had already been found.
A crime scene investigator has carried out forensic enquiries at the scene of the burglary.
Enquiries are ongoing to identify and locate those responsible for the theft.
A police spokesman said: “Residents can help put a stop to criminals who target North Yorkshire’s rural and farming communities.
“If you see or hear a quad bike being driven in suspicious circumstances – for example, in an unusual place, late at night, or without lights – contact the police. Call 101 to pass information, or 999 if a crime is in progress.
“Anyone with information about the theft of the Helmsley quad should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference number 12200144631.”
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