The 45-year-old TV star found the vehicle when clumsy looters dumped it in a field in Essex.
Jamie called the police response “unimpressive.”
He solved the mystery of his stolen tractor in a matter of hours – thanks to a questionable plaque.
The TV cook gave key information to police after a midnight raid on his estate, including CCTV shots.
He even got the license plate of the thieves’ Mercedes after a makeshift blanket fell as they grabbed his beloved tractor and trailer.
But he was stunned when officers appeared uninterested, calling their response “unimpressive.”
Restaurant chef Jamie and his team therefore stepped up their investigative efforts, using equipment trackers to pinpoint his location.
They discovered that the thieves – possibly frightened by their exposed license plate – had abandoned her at a dump known to criminals.
However, Jamie said officers “weren’t interested” in going, so the father-of-five picked up the new trailer and tractor himself – just hours after it was stolen.
Yesterday he called the police response “lukewarm” in warning residents of burglaries in the area.
He said thieves broke into his estate last week and continued, “Two guys in a black Mercedes 4 × 4 stole a new trailer and a new tractor.
“I just wanted you all to know that there seems to be occasional confident thefts in and around the village. Another local farmer and a house in the village were also robbed. It’s not for me to say who, so it’s worth being as vigilant as ever.
“When we spoke to them it was still a very active crime and frankly our security systems and our team did all the homework for them, but no real active interest?
“Regardless, our security cameras detected the burglars, their car and the license plate (they tried to cover it but it fell halfway through). The car is taxed at technical control, etc. Everything they stole had trackers so we got to see it unfold.
They found the tractor and trailer in a remote field – along with other stolen equipment. But the exasperated chief continued, “The police were not interested in meeting us at the crime scene where our stolen items were taken. So I had to send my team there to pick it up. Honestly?! “
He denounced the police for their lack of reaction in an “active crime”, and also warned against the “casual” attitude of the thieves.
Jamie continued, “I realize the police are busy, but this type of crime is very common. For me, when it comes to an active crime with good data etc, why don’t you follow up?
“Anyway, no problem, we brought everything back to 9:30 am. There were also other generators and equipment left in the same area no doubt due to other crimes. So all of this lets you know in a good community spirit – keep an eye out. Thieves are really confident. They were on site for 35 minutes and were in no rush, so we made some relevant changes so we were covered in the future. “
The heist took place around midnight on April 29 at Jamie’s property in a sleepy village in Essex. It is believed that crooks crept into the Elizabethan mansion estate through a side alley.
They then made their jaunt along the country roads, weaving their way through the posh town of Thaxted before bypassing Stansted Airport.
Potentially realizing that a license plate had been spotted, they left their transport in a field near Bamber’s Green.
It is thought to be a known landfill when crimes go wrong.
A local said a farmer was forced to come to the area on his own to inquire after his telehandler was recently stolen.
He then had to retrieve it himself when told where he was.
The local said: “It’s very remote so a perfect place for criminals to leave something in case something goes wrong. Looks like they are organized criminals. We don’t see any kind of active police presence. It’s shocking. The farmer was to come and get him. I have no idea what the police were doing. This poor man must have become a detective, which is shocking.
Another villager said, “It’s a remote place, far from CCTV or the means of getting caught. I heard that things were left there after being stolen. It is not opportunistic. It’s planned and precise. “
A local said: “I have the impression because it is easy, the police are not so disturbed. But the machines are worth tens of thousands of pounds – it’s people’s livelihood. ”
Another local said: “It seems utterly ridiculous that the locals have to fight their own criminal battles.”
A ward counselor told The Sun, “The area is always targeted by criminals who take things. It is very common.
“We are rural, so we are a target. It is leafy. It is farm equipment, trailers and trucks. There is a lot of crime. Some residents don’t think the police are doing enough. “
The celebrity chef has received a wave of support online. One mom wrote, “Thanks for the heads-up buddy. Terrible response from the police as you do all the work for them.
Joanne Polley appeared to think the criminals had been arrested, posting, “I’m so glad ‘your team’ recovered the items. Hope they gave them some deserved kicks too.
Jamie will have spent hundreds of pounds on every GPS tracker used to secure his vehicles. They can track the farm kit even if it is hidden underground or in a metal shipping container.
Essex Police have insisted the cops were doing their best to witness the crime scenes.
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A spokeswoman said: “Officers could not be present immediately as they were faced with other incidents throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Informants collected the vehicles themselves before officers had a chance to get there. Our crime scene investigators were present at 10:15 a.m. that day, shortly after the crime was reported.
“No forensic opportunities were found on the vehicles, but our theft investigations remain ongoing. We always prioritize calls where there is the greatest risk of personal injury and death. This means that we may not always be able to attend some incidents immediately, but we are doing our best. “
Jamie declined to comment further last night.