Burglary victims have been reunited with their stolen property thanks to a police operation involving five forces.
Between February 10 and 11 there were nine burglaries in Felmersham and one break-in at Pavenham.
Among the items snatched by thieves were four road bikes worth a total of £7,000 and power tools worth around £5,000.
Later that month, a raid in Peterborough by fellow police forces recovered a vast amount of stolen property, which pricked the ears of Bedfordshire-based PCSO Paul Jones.
The officer asked the forces for a list and pictures of the recovered items to check against the Beds crime system and found that much of it matched the descriptions of items taken during the village break-ins.
The goods have now been returned to their rightful owners.
PSCO Jones said: “The Bedfordshire victims were obviously very pleased to have their items returned, and one from a Felmersham burglary explained how valuable his recovered bikes were – both sentimentally and financially. He said he never expected to see them again.
“Another of the tools we recovered and returned to the victim was a piece of specialised surveying equipment costing £3,000 alone.
“This is a part of our job which is very satisfying to do, and I hope it will provide the community with plenty of reassurance that we do all we can to investigate crimes and support victims.”
The operation included Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Northamptonshire police forces.
Beds Police is continuing to make enquiries to bring the offenders to justice, with a regional investigation still ongoing and suspects currently on bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call police via the non-emergency number 101, text 07786 200 011, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.