A MAN whose ute was stolen earlier in the week, has had his vehicle returned.
Bendigo Police found the 1998 Ford Courier parked at the Goldmines Hotel in Marong Road on Thursday morning.
The vehicle's owner, who does not wish to be named, said thieves stole the key and items from the glove box.
He said he had a spare key in a magnet box stored under the vehicle.
The man said he bought the ute to clean out his late mother's property before it was sold.
He said he was relieved the ute had been found.
"Yes I was miserable and today I'm happy," he said.
"Finally I get my plans back on track."
A MAN who bought a ute to clear out his late mother's house has been left devastated after the vehicle was stolen on Tuesday night.
The man, who does not wish to be named, last saw his 1998 Ford Courier parked in the driveway of the Comet Hill property on Tuesday night about 10pm.
He said he woke on Wednesday morning about 9am to see it had gone.
The man said he had bought the ute with money from his superannuation fund and said he planned to use it to clear out his mother's property.
He said he had been unemployed for about three years and had spent the rest of his money on getting a roadworthy certificate.
"My mum died a month ago and I bought the ute to clean up the property because it has to be sold," he said.
"I used my money to get a roadworthy certificate.
"I only had the ute for two weeks and now it has been stolen."
The man said he was angry and upset when he discovered the ute had gone.
"Life is hard enough without things like this happening," he said.
"It made me so angry that someone would go and do something like this."
The man said he just wanted the ute to be returned.
"I only got to do a couple of trips to the tip," he said.
"I didn't even get to use the roof rack.
"I really need it to continue clearing my mum's house before it is sold.
"If the person who took it has a conscience I know it will be returned."
The man said the vehicle was white, had a black interior and a black roof rack.
He said the number plate was WWW 516.
"It has an interesting number plate," he said.
"It really sticks out.
"Hopefully someone notices it parked somewhere."
Bendigo Police said they are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bendigo Police on 5448 1300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.