Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing parking meters in York last night.
Police received a call at around 9.15pm from a member of the public who had seen a van had crashed into a parking meter on Wigginton Road.
The occupants had then loaded the meter into the van.
A short time later, officers received a further report of a similar incident in Carlisle Street car park.
They went the scene in Carlisle Street and arrested two suspects following a short foot chase.
An angle grinder was also recovered from the scene.
The arrested men are a 19-year-old man, of no fixed address, and a 22-year-old man from Doncaster.
They were questioned by police and have been released while enquiries continue.
Inspector Lee Pointon, of York Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “My thanks go to the vigilant members of public who called in with the information.
"It’s a classic example of how police are supported by the public who act as our eyes and ears.”