A couple who rode a stolen moped dangerously are still on the loose after a police helicopter, officers and a police dog were all tasked to catch them.
Police spotted the man and the woman in the residential area of Follaton, Totnes, on Monday evening (January 4).
They were riding the moped dangerously and the registration of the vehicle was the same as one that had been reported as being stolen.
The moped failed to stop, which sparked a chase involving a police helicopter.
Taking to the Totnes Police Facebook page, Sgt Rob Wilson wrote: “Officers from the Totnes Neighbourhood Policing Team were out patrolling the residential area of Follaton in Totnes [Monday] evening when they saw a moped being ridden dangerously by a male and female. They were aware of the registration mark of the motorcycle being the same as one that had been reported as being stolen the night before.
“The moped failed to stop when requested to do so by the Officers and was found abandoned, still running on Beech Close. Other Neighbourhood and Patrol Officers, along with a police dog and the police helicopter were used to try and contain and locate the suspects. Enquiries are still ongoing, with viable lines of investigation.
“It is an incident that highlights why patrolling is still an enduring and essential part of what we do, stolen property was recovered and we are hopeful that offenders will be brought to justice.
“We urge people to take measures to secure motorcycles and not to rely solely on the inbuilt security features. There are a multitude of wheel locks, ground anchors and the like to make them a less attractive target for thieves who think nothing of causing loss and damage to other’s property and placing members of the public at risk..”