Five people have been arrested following a report of manhole covers being stolen in the village of Cliffe near Selby.
North Yorkshire Police received a call from someone who witnessed the manhole covers being loaded into a van at around lunchtime yesterday.
They immediately called the police who stopped two vans driving out of the village.
They arrested the five occupants of the vehicles on suspicion of theft. They include three men aged 25, 34 and 55, and two women aged 28 and 54. They are from the Goole area and have been released on bail while enquiries continue.