Go-karts stolen from a secure lockup in Cheadle have been recovered thanks to a social media campaign. CCTV shared by home and business owners helped track the thieves, who drove the karts from Cheadle to Longton.
Go-karts stolen from a secure lockup in Cheadle have been recovered thanks to a social media campaign.
CCTV shared by home and business owners helped track the thieves, who drove the karts from Cheadle to Longton.
Several social media appeals resulted in identification of the culprits, who have since returned the stolen karts.
Gary Bentley, from Cheadle, realised the three go-karts had been stolen during the night on Sunday, March 20.
After reporting the theft to police, he posted an appeal on Facebook, urging people to provide any information or CCTV footage that would help retrieve the go karts.
Gary said: “The people who took the go karts drove them along public roads for four miles to Longton.
“Through social media and people working together, we were able to track the route they had taken after stealing the karts.”
The theft happened between 10pm on Saturday, March 19 and 6am Sunday, March 20.
It is believed the go-karts were followed by a motorbike as they travelled from Cheadle via Dilhorne and Caverswall to Longton.
Gary added: “I had people ringing me up and sharing CCTV images which allowed us to work out where they had gone.
“Someone realised who they were and the go-karts have now been returned.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got in touch or shared the post, or provided information or CCTV.
“I’d also like to say thank you to the officers at Staffordshire Police who put out an appeal on our behalf.
“The go-karts have been in our family for 11 years and I’m pleased we’ve got them back.”
Following the return of the go-karts, Gary announced via Facebook that he was planning a barbecue with bouncy castle and music to celebrate and to thank all those who helped in his campaign to get his property back.
PC Mark Garsden, the officer at Staffordshire Police in charge of the case, said: “Officers investigating the theft of three go-karts from a business in Cheadle have successfully located and returned stolen property to the owners.
“We have received fantastic assistance and support from members of the public and business owners around the Hillside Industrial Estate, and the wider community at large.
“The Staffordshire Moorlands neighbourhood policing team would like to convey our gratitude to the local community and businesses who have provided CCTV footage and information – leading to the recovery of the go-karts in Longton.”
He added: “We are still working to identify the suspects responsible and ask for any information to be reported to police immediately.
“Contact us on 101, Facebook or Twitter, quoting incident 477 of 20 March. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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