Police use night vision drone to track down suspected stolen Land Rover

The suspected stolen Land Rover shows a glowing white area where the engine had heated the bonnet. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
12 Nov 2020 @ 1.12 pm
| Crime

Three men in York have been arrested after a suspected stolen vehicle was tracked down by policing using an all-seeing eye in the sky.

A blue Land Rover Defender Turbo, worth more than £10,000, was reported stolen from the Pickering area, between 1 and 2 November.

On Thursday 5 November, acting on a tip-off, North Yorkshire Police officers went to a location south of York at 9.50pm.

Officers used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to peer through the darkness into a locked compound.

From above, the drone clearly identified a parked Land Rover with a glowing white bonnet – indicating that its engine was still warm. The vehicle was recovered for forensic examination.

The following day, officers arrested three men in York on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

They have been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Public are ‘eyes and ears’

The Land Rover discovered in the operation

Earlier this year, North Yorkshire Police published crime prevention advice after a spate of Land Rover thefts from rural areas – advice which officers are reiterating today.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “It is important that all Land Rover owners, and especially those living in rural areas, take extra precautions to secure their vehicles.

“Members of the public act as our eyes and ears, and so if you are aware of any suspicious activity around parked vehicles, please call us, and we will take action.”