Thames Valley Police located a van after it was reported stolen from Tring.
The Ford Transit tipper truck was taken from a car park on Rosebery Way in Tring at approximately 6.40pm on Wednesday 29 December, closely followed by a Vauxhall Vectra.
Hertfordshire Police were told that a witness had seen the vehicles being driven in the direction of Long Marston, so officers quickly made their way to the village to carry out an area search.
Whilst doing so, they requested assistance from colleagues in Thames Valley Police.
Officers from both forces carried out a search and just before 7pm, the van was located by Thames Valley Police officers in the Bletchley area.
The van was returned to its rightful owner.
Officers then managed to recover the abandoned Vauxhall near to the village of Drayton Parslow.
That vehicle was also stolen and displaying false index plates.
A 33 year old man from Newport Pagnell was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
DC Thomas London, who is investigating the theft, said: “This incident is an excellent example of how cross-border partnership working and information sharing can lead to a timely and positive result.
“We’d like to thank our Thames Valley colleagues for their assistance, for their quick apprehension of the vehicle, and the arrest they made on our behalf. We are now progressing our enquiries.
“The van in question was locked and secured prior to being stolen, so we believe the suspects are not opportunist thieves. In light of this, we are urging residents to review their vehicle and home security to further protect their property.
“As a reassurance measure, we shall also be increasing both our overt and covert patrols in the Tring area. If you think you are witnessing a crime in progress, or you believe someone is in danger, always dial 999.”