Thornbury police have recovered two stolen vans after a farmer found them hidden in a field.
Neighbourhood PC Roger Hopes was contacted by the farmer on Thursday 5th August.
The white Ford Transit vans were well hidden in undergrowth in the field and one of them was on false plates. Officers have traced the owners and the vehicles have been recovered for forensic examination.
Both of the vans were stolen on Monday 2nd August. One was taken from Frampton Cotterell. The owner had briefly left it unlocked with the keys in the ignition. The other was taken from Alveston after the owner left the keys unattended while working nearby.
PC Hopes said: “It’s really important to keep an eye on your keys at all times – it only takes a few seconds for a thief to take your car or van. Luckily we have been able to recover these vans and at least some of the tools as well.
“I would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Fern Hill especially the field opposite the Scout camp, or who has any other information about the theft of these vehicles, to contact Thornbury police station on 0845 456 7000.
“Alternatively contact the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”
Source: Avon and Somerset Police