A Deeside farmer is counting the cost after a tractor was stolen while the family were asleep.
The vehicle, valued at between £60-70,000, was taken from Wickerinn Farm, near Banchory.
Matthew Steel has farmed at Wickerinn for more than 30 years and said he had never experienced anything like it.
The theft took place between 9pm on Sunday, 9 October, and 7am the following morning.
It is believed the tractor, a John Deere 6125R model with the registration number SV14 XMZ, would have been loaded onto another vehicle.
Mr Steel said the two-year-old vehicle had been parked in a shed alongside a newly-bought tractor.
He explained: “The house is a bit away from the shed so we didn’t hear anything. They tried to start the new tractor but didn’t manage and went for the other one.
“You don’t expect something like this to happen in the area.”
The farmer believes the culprits may have been in the district recently and become aware of the farm, which is back from the road.
Mr Steel farms 500 acres at Wickerinn with his son and said the loss of the tractor will hamper the feeding of their cows as winter approaches.
Police have appealed for any information about the theft.
Constable Alan Denny said: “The farming community is a tight knit one and I would ask that anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious at the time mentioned or in the previous days contact police.
“It is likely that the tractor was loaded onto another vehicle and transported out of the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.”