A boy of 15 has been arrested after residents reported seeing someone attempting to break into their cars.
In the early hours of Thursday (10 March) police received multiple reports of suspicious activity on the Staynor Hall Estate in Selby.
Residents reported seeing a man sneaking around the estate trying car doors.
The suspect was successful in gaining entry to several vehicles and money was stolen from one of the vehicles.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “The Selby Neighbourhood Policing team spent the next day collating CCTV from victims, conducting house to house enquiries, obtaining statements and gathering information.
“The actions of one quick thinking resident recovered an item linked to the investigation this has been sent away for forensic testing.”
A 15-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and a theft from an unattended motor vehicle on Saturday afternoon (12 March).
He was interviewed at Selby police station and was bailed afterwards. The boy was given curfew conditions and further enquiries are now continuing, police say.
PC Heidi Mcloughlin from the Selby Neighbourhood Policing team said: “We understand the concerns from residents on The Staynor Hall Estate and will do all we can to act on information provided.
“I would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to the police on either 101 or 999”.