An R-registered green Toyota Hilux was stolen from a farm near Whittingham, Alnwick, yesterday afternoon, while left unattended with the keys in the ignition.
The vehicle was recovered in Longframlington this morning and may have been there overnight.
Northumbria Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen the car in the area yesterday to get in contact. It was possibly with another vehicle, a silver 52-plated Subaru Forester Estate, that was seen acting suspiciously in the Scots Gap area during the afternoon.
In another theft that may be linked, a quantity of netting and fencing wire was stolen from a farm near Whittingham yesterday.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “We have had several reported cases of this type of commodity being stolen across Northumberland over the past couple of months. If you’re taking a delivery of these type of materials try to secure it until it has been used.”
If you have any information about these or any crimes, contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police issued the following advice to people living on farms or in rural locations:
If you see any vehicles or people acting suspiciously in and around your property please contact Police immediately - making a note of the registration number, make, model and possible direction of travel. Then contact police immediately on 999. If vehicles are not required over the weekend, consider refuelling them on the morning you require them rather than leave them fully fuelled over the weekend. Ensure that vehicle keys for agricultural machinery, vehicles and quads are kept securely away from the vehicle and out of sight.