Gardaí in Sligo received reports of a person rummaging through unlocked vehicles in Ballisodare on Friday night.
This man was chased by some locals, but was not apprehended.
Later that night, Gardaí received a report of a male interfering with a vehicle just outside of Ballisodare village.
The Gardaí attended and were able to follow the trail of footprints which led them to the culprit. He was found with stolen property on his possession, as well as equipment to be used. He was arrested and brought to Ballymote Garda Station and was detained for questioning.
Gardai are appealing to the public not to leave their cars unlocked, and not leave any valuables in the vehicles.
Gardai would like to thank the eagle eyed members of the public who assisted in apprehending this thief.
A number of vehicles were interfered with overnight, if anyone has any information in relation to this please get in touch with Gardaí in Sligo on 0719157000