Traffic cops who stopped a driver in Leeds discovered he was wanted for stealing from the graves of people who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
The 35-year-old was pulled over on the M62 near Birstall Retail Park by officers from West Yorkshire Police’s safer roads and neighbourhood support team last Sunday.
After running his name through the national police database they found he was one of three men wanted over the theft of 800 bronze plaques bearing the names of victims of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Czech Republic.
He will now be returned to the country to face trial.
Supt Pat Casserly praised the “comprehensive piece of police work” that led to the arrest.
He added: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to play a small part of the investigation into what was an appalling crime.”