Three suspected thieves were caught and a number of stolen vans recovered thanks to police team work.
One of the vehicles activated an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera near Eastwood shortly before 9 am on Wednesday (23 March 2022).
Searches were quickly carried out and officers found the van parked at a yard off Park Lane, in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, a short time later.
The van had been reported stolen from a car park in Clumber Avenue, Mapperley, on 22 February.
Upon searching the yard, a number of other suspected stolen vehicles were discovered. Enquiries to establish the ownership of the vehicles are ongoing.
Three men, aged 36, 39 and 74, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Detective Sergeant Matt Dumbrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These excellent arrests and recovery of stolen vehicles was down to some fantastic police work.
“I hope this good result reassures our communities how seriously we treat vehicle theft which can have a huge impact on victims, leaving them without vital transport and out of pocket.
“We are committed to investigating these type of incidents. We will relentlessly pursue those believed to be responsible for these types of crimes and bring them to justice.”