We were contacted at 9am by a national plant hire customer advising of two entirely seperate machine thefts. One was a Bomag 80 roller from Stockton-on-Tees and the other a Thwaites 1 ton dumper from Altringham. We signalled both Automatrics MTrack systems into alarm. The dumper was reporting in South Manchester. The police were informed and met with the customers truck at the reported GPS location. They found the dumper in someone’s private driveway on a flatbed lorry. Police knocked the door but there was no answer. The police seized the truck to later arrest the owner. The customer had the dumper back in their yard just 3 hours after it was reported stolen.


The roller reported from a travellers site just 3 miles from the theft site. It remained there for a number of hours and police planned to attend with a large police presence 10 am the next day. Automatrics booked a finder flight to Newcastle to support the recovery operation. The radio signal finder could then take the police directly to the stolen roller which could have been placed inside any of a number of white vans. We also sent Darlington police a login to our system so they could keep a watching brief on GPS updates.


However, all plans changed when at 17.40 the stolen roller left the travellers site. Police quickely established a covert pursuit operation involving two unmarked police cars and a police helicopter. The GPS stopped in a small industrial yard a few miles to the East of Hartlepool. Police searched the site to recover the roller and arrested two men.


Cracking result !