Police are warning caravan owners to be vigilant after a cream Bailey Pageant caravan was towed away from its owner's drive in Hamble Road, Stone Cross, on Monday evening(21 November).
The theft happened at around 8.50pm while the owners were at home. Police, en route to the address, then saw just such a caravan being towed in the opposite direction.
Officers turned back to find the caravan and towing vehicle, a red and grey Mitsubishi L200 4x4 pick-up, had been abandoned with the engine still running. Poor weather prevented a more intensive search for suspects being made.
It later emerged that the Mitsubishi itself had been stolen from Hailsham Road, Polegate.
Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden neighbourhood policing team, said, "Luckily on this occasion, we were able to recover both vehicles and return them to their rightful owners.
"But it's a timely reminder that owners of caravans and trailers should do all they can to secure them, such as with a wheel lock or clamp, as even being parked close to a house is no deterrent.
"Owners might also want to consider fitting some form of motion alarm as an added form of security."
Anyone with information about this particular incident is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 1321 of 21/11 (caravan theft) or 356 of 22/11 (Mitsubishi theft).
Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.