South Yorkshire Police joined forces with other agencies as part of a three-day crackdown on metal thieves.
Officers made three arrests, reported two people on summons, issued 16 prohibition and two fixed penalty notices and stopped and searched 87 vehicles in the latest phase of Operation Tornado.
They set up check points in Deepcar and at Sheffield Arena car park and carried out mobile patrols in Sheffield.
Those known to be invovled in the unlicensed collection of metal and theft were specifically targeted.
Officers also visited scrap metal yards to ensure they were trading lawfully and were not storing stolen metal.
Inspector Jason Booth, the Sheffield lead for metal theft, said: “South Yorkshire Police cannot tackle metal crime alone and we’re grateful for the support this week of key partners including British Transport Police, VOSA, the Environment Agency and HMRC.
“It’s important for us to join together to address a problem that the residents of Sheffield feel strongly about and which affects them on a daily basis.”
Police said Operation Tornado was established to improve regulation of the scrap metal industry and restrict the movement of stolen metal by identifying unscrupulous dealers.
Officers said they arrested three people on suspicion of theft-related and immigration offences; two were reported on summons for driving with no insurance; one vehicle was seized; 16 were issued with Prohibition Notices due to the poor condition of their vehicles, three were reported to Sheffield Council for not possessing a waste carrier’s licence and two were given fines for not wearing seatbelts.