Relieved caravaners have been reunited with their £50,000 campervan - thanks to outstanding work by police and some savvy technology.
Thieves attempted to make off with the state of the art campervan from outside the owner’s home in the Winlaton area in the early hours of Thursday (July 2) morning.
But they hadn’t accounted for a GPS tracking system being installed in the roving holiday home, alerting cops to the fact the campervan was in the Washington area.
And it wasn’t long before police – assisted by the tracker – were in hot pursuit.
Fearing they were being tracked, it seemed the would-be campervan thieves attempted to confuse the tracker by doing regular u-turns, before dumping the campervan outside Houghton-le-Spring area.
The door was left flung open as the suspect made off into the night.
Police soon arrived at the scene and secured the vehicle, with investigations now ongoing to trace the suspect.
Inspector Ian Cutty of the Motor Patrols department said: “I’m full of praise for the campervan owner who calmly and diligently assisted police in the recovery of his holiday home.
“Thanks to his quick thinking and the outstanding work from officers, he will be reunited with his campervan just in time to make the most of staycations being given the thumbs up in parts of England.
“It goes to show that these GPS tracking devices placed in motorhomes and caravans are worth their weight in gold and a worthwhile investment.
“Our officers are continuing to investigate the theft and ask anyone with any information to please get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting reference number 64 020720.