THIEVES failed to make a complete clean get-away when they stole a road sweeper from Wakefield Council.
The vehicle was driven away from the council’s Newton Bar depot sometime during last Wednesday night.
But the sweeper, which usually is driven at walking pace along the roads of Wakefield, was then driven 75 miles up north to Darlington.
Police had no difficulty in tracing the vehicle’s location as it was fitted with a tracker device.
But it has still not been found.
Council service director Glynn Humphries said: “We have been working with West Yorkshire Police and their colleagues in Durham to try and recover the stolen road sweeper.
“The vehicle was fitted with a tracker that gave GPS co-ordinates for an area in Darlington. The investigation is still ongoing and the police are continuing with their inquiries.”
Detectives said the sweeper had been traced to an industrial area in Darlington, but had not yet been found as officers continue to search containers.
Police said it was driven all the way from Yorkshire to Durham.
Anyone who may have witnessed the theft or have any information can contact police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 and callers could receive a cash reward.