A THIEF who stole a trailer was caught red handed following a sting operation.
The man from Lower Quinton pleaded guilty to stealing the trailer which contained a tracking device.
Within an hour he had been tracked to the A452 in Warwick and arrested.
The 48 year-old was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £40 after Appearing at Warwickshire Magistrates Court.
To tackle crime in rural areas, tracking devices are fitted to a range of items as a way of catching and deterring criminals.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “People from within the agricultural community have frequently told me about the difficulties they face when equipment and machinery is stolen and that’s why tackling crime in rural areas features heavily in my police and crime plan for the county. I am pleased to see that the good work being undertaken in Stratford District is helping to put perpetrators before the courts.
“I fund the Rural Crime Coordinators to work in local communities alongside the police and partners to help people protect themselves from crime and to make best use of new technology to catch criminals in the act. I hope this serves to reinforce our joint determination to ensure Warwickshire is not seen as a soft spot for rural crime.”
Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/RuralCrime for advice on security and rural crime matters.