A cold caller drove off in a white van after being caught looking at machinery on a farm near Honiton this morning.
Devon and Cornwall Police has subsequently issued an alert, warning farmers across East Devon to be vigilant.
A spokesperson said: “Police would advise farms/livery in East Devon to be vigilant following a report of a man in a white van approaching property looking at machinery.
“The man drove off when the owner appeared at a farm in Honiton this morning.”
The cold caller is described as white, aged in his mid 40s, 5ft 9 with very short light brown hair either gelled or wet. He was wearing a short dark jacket.
If you have any information regarding the man or van call 101 quoting Log 153 201219.