If you’ve ever doubted the power of social media, maybe this will change your mind. After issuing a plea to keep an eye out for a distinctive Defender 110 stolen from summer camp providers Learn and Experience, the police would never have anticipated cracking the case so quickly in a modern-day social media miracle!
The day is January 14. On a cold, wintery morning PC Rich Sutcliffe (@KiloSierra1728) of North Yorks Police tweets a desperate appeal for the safe return of this stolen Defender.
This is Landy stolen overnight from Hetton. Any info ☎️101. Landy owners please take extra effort to secure yours pic.twitter.com/6lROxBlATw
— PC Rich Sutcliffe (@KiloSierra1728) January 14, 2016
And LITERALLY THE SAME DAY it’s found.
Good news. As a result of Twitter and an eagle eyed follower we have found this Landrover in W Yorks. Top jobThanks pic.twitter.com/hTlaPMknIU
— PC Rich Sutcliffe (@KiloSierra1728) January 15, 2016
AMAZING NEWS.... LENNY HAS BEEN FOUND!!! The police have him. He was only 20 miles away! Seems to be in good... https://t.co/Lm7iUgVHJh
— Learn and Experience (@LandE_UK) January 14, 2016
At 6.30pm that day, a member of the public called the police after spotting the 110 parked on a West Yorkshire street explaining that he recognised the stolen 4x4 from the Twitter post by our hero, PC Rich Sutcliffe.
A recent spate of Land Rover thefts and attempted thefts have caused North Yorkshire Police to issue a warning to any Defender owners living in rural areas.
Sergeant Nick Hill of Stokesley Police explained the importance of saying vigilant and ensuring your Defender is secure and safe.
‘I am urging Land Rover Defender owners especially to be on their guard and ensure they have adequate security measures in place.
‘It appears an organized group of criminals is specifically targeting this make and model of vehicle. Of greatest concern to us is that it is evident these thieves have knowledge of this particular vehicle's factory-fitted security and electrical systems. Land Rovers should always be locked and alarmed, and owners should consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser.’
For LRO’s feature about protecting your Land Rover from criminals, make sure you get a copy of our March 2015 issue. Back issues can be downloaded here.
Anyone with information about crimes involving Land Rovers should call North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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