Police are using body worn cameras to target quad bike thefts after a recent spate in the Powys area.
Dyfed-Powys Police issued a message: “We will pursue all possible tactics to stamp out quad bike thefts.”
Footage has been released showing police chasing a man on a stolen quad bike, which ended with the driver colliding with a police car.
Sergeant Thomas Songhurst said: “We are receiving more and more reports of quad bikes, which has a huge impact on people working in the farming industry.”
He said the quad bikes are “vital” pieces of farming equipment and they cause “huge disruption when they are stolen.”
The thief had stolen the quad bike from an 82-year-old man’s farm in Sarnau in August.
Sergeant Thomas Songhurst said: “The victim had kept the quad bike in a locked outbuilding, and had taken the necessary precautions to secure it overnight.”
However the thief cut the lock and managed to steal the quad bike. He left other valuable farm equipment which shows that it was a “targeted burglary, with the sole aim of stealing a quad.”
Before the theft had been reported, police on patrol had already intercepted the stolen quad bike on the A40 after it failed to stop.
The quad bike was travelling in convoy with a red Volkswagen Golf which raised the police suspicious that it was stolen.
The police managed to stop the driver by “tactical containment”, meaning the quad bike collided with the car.
Ieuan Evans, 25, from Merthyr Tydfil was charged with failing to stop for police, driving without insurance and taking a vehicle without consent.
He was sentenced to a community order and 80 hours of unpaid work when he pleaded guilty at Merthyr Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8th November.
He was also disqualified from driving for six months, and must pay £85 costs plus a £90 victim surcharge.