More than 20 vehicles were seized by police in a single day across the Daventry area.
On Wednesday, April 19 officers carried out 157 police database checks on vehicles and a similar number of driving licence and person checks.
They identified 41 traffic offences and a total of 21 vehicles were seized.
One of these included a stolen BMW from a car key burglary in the Thames Valley Police area.
The BMW (pictured on Middlemore) was picked up by ANPR cameras before the police tracked the vehicle down.
When making the arrest, the driver got out of the vehicle and ran off, only to be stopped by officers who had chased after him.
Of the three arrests made, one was for burglary and another for possession of class B drugs and drug driving.
The operation, which ran between 8am and 8pm, was supported by Special Constables as well as officials from the council’s taxi licensing department.
A total of 16 private hire vehicles were checked and five of these were found to have serious defects.