Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen a red utility that was stolen from an Ironbark address overnight and later discovered torched in Golden Square.
Detective Senior Constable Jason Smith, from Bendigo CIU, said the four-door 1983 Holden Rodeo was stolen from Rae Street about 2.20am Wednesday.
The ute had a distinctive silver checker plate on the tailgate.
The vehicle was seen travelling along the Rae Street in the direction of Long Gully and Eaglehawk.
About 4.45am, the ute was found on fire in Panton Street, Golden Square.
The vehicle was destroyed.
Detective Senior Constable Smith asked anyone who might have seen the ute in the Long Gully or Golden Square areas overnight to contact Bendigo CIU on 5448 1300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A confidential crime report can also be made online at the Crime Stoppers website.