A man sparked a bizarre police chase after driving away from a south-east London building site in a digger.
Police were called to the industrial site in Bexley just after 1am on Monday to reports that a JCB had been stolen.
Detectives combed the area and spotted the machine being driven along Northend Road in Erith.
The discovery sparked a bizarre pursuit before the driver eventually pulled over.
Residents reported the police helicopter also buzzed ahead as officers gave chase.
A 34-year-old man, who was wanted on recall to prison, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
He was also wanted for two previous offences of theft and is being held at a south London police station, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.