A GANG posing as huntsmen sneaked onto a farm and snatched a Land Rover, it has been claimed.
Farmer Barry Evans, who lives near Flint, has warned other landowners to be vigilant after his vehicle was stolen in the dead of night.
He said that a few months ago four men had arrived at the farm asking if they could ‘lamp’ on his property – a way of hunting animals by lamplight during the night.
The group then turned up again on his land more recently in a 4x4, claiming they had been given permission to ‘lamp’ on neighbouring land.
Mr Evans believes the same group returned under the cover of darkness to steal his vehicle.
He said: “I think they came round the back of the building and took the Land Rover through the back building.
“They left all the gates open when they went and the cows were all over the road.
“I only found out when my nephew phoned the next day and told me about the cows.”
Mr Evans is now waiting to get his Land Rover back after police stopped and recovered it on its way to Liverpool. But Mr Evans said the men – who he believed were from the Liverpool area – fled.
North Wales Police confirmed no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
Mr Evans said there has been a rise in thefts in the area recently.
“A quad bike has been stolen and another farmer had his Land Rover taken as well,” he said.
“They can come in whenever they like and they have bolt cutters and things to get through. It’s evil really and other farmers should be aware of this.”
He said his Land Rover was important for farming, and since the theft his business had struggled.
But, he added: “There’s not much the police can do, they can’t be everywhere at once.
“They could have been here in five minutes but it happened at 11pm so I was in bed.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said the Land Rover belonging to Mr Evans was recovered on Thursday, October 3.