Two men have been on suspicion of burglary and theft after part of a roof was stolen from a building near Minskip.
On Tuesday, July 10 the owner of an unoccupied storage building near Minskip reported that part of the wooden and concrete roof had been removed sometime between Saturday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 10.
A police spokesman has said two men were arrested after officers carried out patrols of the area believing that the suspects may return to remove the rest of the roof.
Later on Tuesday morning, at around 10.15am, two men arrived and began dismantling the remainder of the roof.
The pair attempted to drive away from the scene when they spotted the police officer who had parked nearby, but were quickly arrested on suspicion of theft and burglary and taken into custody for questioning, they added.
The suspects are also assisting police with enquires relating to the theft of equipment from the same building in June.
Both men are from Teeside and aged 22. One is of no fixed address and the other is from Stockton. They have both been released on police bail while further enquiries are carried out.