Stolen tools turn up on eBay

HAUL: PC O'Melia, PCSO Walker, PC Horner,scting Sgt Doyle and PCSO Gubb from Spen Valley NPT with the stolen mini digger.
HAUL: PC O'Melia, PCSO Walker, PC Horner,scting Sgt Doyle and PCSO Gubb from Spen Valley NPT with the stolen mini digger.

thousands of pounds worth of power tools stolen from a Cleckheaton home were recovered after police spotted them for sale on eBay.

Officers from Spen NPT were investigating the theft of power tools worth £6,000 from a house in Cliffe Lane on March 13 when they found them for sale on the internet auction site.

The sale led to a farm in Tong Road, Farnley, Leeds, where the officers carried out a raid on April 8.

There they found tens of thousands of pounds worth of power tools, including the tools stolen from Cleckheaton, as well as around 40 further items suspected of being stolen in separate crimes, including a £15,000 mini digger and a £7,000 industrial lawn mower.

A 52-year old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently on bail.

Acting Sergeant Nick Doyle said: “The Spen neighbourhood policing team is dedicated to detecting crime, reducing the number of burglaries in the area and focussing on improving the public’s satisfaction.

“We will stop at nothing to bring offenders to justice and are delighted that in this case we have been able to return stolen property to its rightful owners.

“Burglars should be aware that we are carrying out plain clothes patrols in burglary hot-spot areas.

“We will use every means at our disposal to protect the community from crime.”