A bike worth hundreds of pounds has been found in Halifax by officers on increased night-time patrols.
The mountain bike was spotted by plain clothes officers at around 3.45pm on Wednesday being ridden by a youth in the Gibbet Street and Highroad Well Lane area.
When they tried to stop him, the youth abandoned the bike and ran off.
The find follows increased late evening and night patrols in the North Halifax and Central areas aimned at trying to deter thieves as darker nights draw in.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, from Calderdale CID, said: “We know the onset of longer evenings can increase crime and we are committed to protecting the community, particularly the vulnerable.
“As a result, we’ve now launched late evening and night patrols in these higher crime areas, and will be maintaining them through the winter months.
“I’d ask anyone who has concerns about crime in their communities or is worried about issues such as anti-social behaviour to contact their neighbourhood policing team via 101.”
Anyone who has information about the stolen cycle should contact PC Keith Gribbin via 101.