When Interpol call you know something’s up. And so it was in October this year when Datatag’s Nick Mayell received a call regarding a Caterpillar 972.

Interpol were assisting the Spanish police in identifying a suspect machine and had drawn a blank so turned to Nick for help. With years of knowledge in this field Nick was perfectly positioned to do just that – something the officers at Interpol knew only too well from the many courses in vehicle identification Nick has run for them in the past.

The machine in question – a Caterpillar 972H front loading shovel valued at over £115,000 – had stumped the local police who couldn’t work out if it was genuine or not and which was they thought part of a string of local plant thefts. Nick, with his encyclopaedic knowledge of plant identification, was able to help confirm the exact id of the machine in less than an hour and further checks made confirmed that this particular CAT was indeed recently stolen from France.

Suffice to say the machine was seized and is currently making its way back to its’ very grateful owners.

Nick said, “It’s always nice to get a result but the speed in which we managed to identify this particular item and the way in which all the bodies worked so well together to share information was particularly satisfying.”

Local police, Interpol and DATATAG working together to beat the criminals meant yet another swift recovery!