The discovery was made in Scarborough thanks to one of the machines being fitted with a tracking device.
Tracking specialist AMI’s monitoring station received a phone call in the morning of 2nd October from a customer reporting the theft of a Bomag BW120 road roller. The roller was protected with a covertly installed AT5 tracking device, plus a third party immobiliser. The AT5 uses GPS (global positioning system), GSM (global system for mobile communications) and RF (radio frequency) technology to deliver tracking accuracy of within 1 metre.
On receiving the call, AMI activated the tracking system and monitored the movement of the roller as it was transported inside a vehicle along the M18. AMI’s finder team then went in pursuit, ending at a locked compound in Scarborough. A drone was then sent up to get photographic evidence that the roller was in the compound and police then called.