A 4x4 and a trailer which were stolen from a farm near Tideswell have been recovered by Derbyshire Police officers thanks to a motorist who called to report their suspicions.
The woman called police about two vehicles and trailers which were travelling on the A623 near to Tideswell just after midnight on Sunday, June 3.
She gave details about the direction they were travelling in and kept police officers informed.
They attempted to stop both vehicles at Beeley Moor, and the offenders abandoned a 4x4, two trailers and a number of tools and equipment and made off in a vehicle towards Loads Road.
The items included a recently stolen 4x4, trailer, tools and equipment from a farm near Tideswell, and a trailer which had been stolen in May from Melton Mowbray.
Inspector Phil Booth, who is in charge of policing in the High Peak, said: “This is a real example of how the public support us by being our eyes and ears in the community.
“It is with thanks to this woman’s vigilance that we were able to recover valuable vehicles and equipment which had been taken before the owner had realised they were stolen.
“Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you notice something suspicious, that you feel is unusual or out of place.
“Your call will not be considered to be time wasting, as where we can we would much prefer to check everything is in order than to have people suffer the distress that can be caused by becoming a victim of crime.”
The police are continuing to investigate the incident and track down the offenders, and in particular would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a red 4x4 pick-up type vehicle in the area around the time of the incident.
If you have any information which you think could help with inquiries call PC Roger Gould on 101, quoting reference 18000255380, or send him a message online through the Contact Us page of www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.