Police use ‘robot’ to recover stolen vehicle after tip off

A “robot” helped Sheldon Police recover a stolen vehicle on Friday night. Officers were tipped off by a member of the public about the black Volkswagen Golf and took along their droid-like friend to assist with the towing operation.

The radio-controlled machine with caterpillar tracks is manufactured by a company called EasTract and helps lift and transport vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tonnes that might prove difficult to move by traditional towing methods. Due to its smaller size, it can get into narrow and compressed spaces, where a tow truck would not be able to operate in.

Due to the grip and stability that caterpillar tracks bring, it also copes better in muddy or snowy conditions and, while capable of moving a vehicle on its own, can also get on a truck with its load. Anybody wanting to see the “robot” in action, can click on the tweet below, posted on the Eastract Western USA Twitter account @Eastract1:

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Sheldon Police, meanwhile, posted a photograph of the “robot” recovering the stolen Volkswagen Golf on their Twitter account @SheldonWMP, along with the following words: “Pcso Carr has recovered a stolen vehicle this evening after receiving info from the community. Not quite a straightforward recovery, out came the “Robot” great piece of kit.

“Many thanks also to the residents for the cups of tea you know who you are.”

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