Police officers investigating a spate of fuel thefts from petrol station forecourts across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire have arrested a man and discovered a van containing £1,500 worth of diesel.
Officers on patrol spotted the Transit Connect van, which had cloned number plates, leaving a petrol station near Meadowhall, Sheffield, and gave chase.
The van was abandoned shortly after and officers discovered two large drums containing £1,500 worth of diesel inside. The van is believed to be linked to a number of fuel thefts from petrol station forecourts across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
Police said the driver was found minutes later driving a car with cloned plates.
South Yorkshire Police’s operational support unit said a man had been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, theft and driving with no insurance.
He has been charged and bailed to attend court at a later date.