Police have arrested five people on suspicion of stealing from a quarry in the Hope Valley.
Officers received reports of suspicious people at Moss Rake Quarry, Bradwell, at around 7.45pm on Friday, August 19.
Police attended and arrested two Matlock men, aged 20 and 32, on suspicion of theft. They were released on bail pending further inquiries.
At around 10.30pm on Wednesday, August 17, police received a report of two suspicious vehicles in Bradwell.
Officers travelled to the village and came across a collision where a Honda CVR had gone into a field. Three vehicle radiators were found nearby and officers arrested the three men in the Honda on suspicion of stealing the radiators from Moss Rake Quarry.
Two men aged 42 and 32 from Droylsden and a 24-year-old from Formby, were later bailed pending further inquiries.
Derbyshire Dales Inspector Bryan Hall said: “We take metal thefts very seriously, whether they take place at businesses, churches, schools or homes.
“I would urge anyone who sees people acting suspiciously around a building, particularly during the hours of darkness, to call the police. Similarly, if you see a vehicle in your area that looks out of place, perhaps parked near a business or public building out of hours, contact officers.”
To report suspicious activity, call 0345 123 3333. If you have information about metal thefts, call police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.