Police officers responding to a theft from a car in Clayton used community intelligence and technical know-how to arrest three suspects within half an hour.
Officers from the North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team and Response were called to Middle Lane at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, following the incident, in which a mobile phone and handbag were stolen from a vehicle.
Using intelligence gathered during an operation to reduce car crime in the village, the officers attended the address of a 39-year-old man before returning to the scene, where they used a mobile application to find the stolen phone.
The man, along with two other men from Bradford, aged 40 and 38, were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. They were later released on bail pending further enquiries.
The phone was subsequently located and the handbag was also found nearby.
Inspector Andrew Croasdale, who leads the team, said: “These quick arrests show that we take thefts from motor vehicles very seriously and highlights the importance of having officers in the right place at the right time.
“This incident also serves as a reminder to people not to leave valuables in their vehicle when it is unattended. Or to keep them well hidden if necessary.”