Police are seeking the person responsible for making off with a £15,000 Bailey Pegasus caravan from a driveway in Northfield Park Gardens at the end of last week.
Owner Alexander Wallace said: “It was sitting in my drive, and the first thing we knew the police were at our door and the caravan wasn’t in the drive.
“That was on Friday morning, and that was quite a shock”.
Going missing overnight between Thursday June 9 and June 10, the caravan had already been discovered abandoned undamaged on the B722 near the junction with the Brydekirk Road at Landheads.
Mr Wallace said: “They’d squeezed the caravan between the car and the wall to get it out.
“It’s a four-berth family-sized caravan; we have it because my son has special needs, so it’s a good holiday outlet for him.
“If we’d lost that it would have been a major thing for him.”
The caravan is just two years old, and a key to its recovery was the fact that Mr Wallace had fitted it with a hitch lock – preventing it from being connected to a car.
Explaining the thief had used a brake cable to tow it, he said: “They’d have been okay on level ground, but whenever they went up a hill the caravan brakes would have come on.”
Mr Wallace is urging caravan owners to make theirs secure with a hitch lock and wheel lock.
And having only moved to Annan from North Ayrshire two months ago to be nearer to family, Mr Wallace said: “It’s been a bit of a shock to us.”
PC Louise Bryden at Annan Police Station said: “We are keen to trace the driver of a silver coloured Volvo car which was seen pulling a caravan away from Annan on the B722 road at around 5.40 am on Friday.
“We also want to trace the following described man who was seen at the point where the caravan was abandoned at around 5.30 am. He is only described as being around 6’2”/6’3” tall with short dark hair.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.