A man has been arrested after a hot-air balloon reported as having been stolen was spotted on the eBay internet site.
Police in Surrey said the £5,000 balloon, complete with basket, burner and fuel, was taken from a farm in Green Lane, Tilford, near Farnham.
The owner then contacted police to say it was being auctioned on the website.
A 31-year-old man from Headley Down, on the Hampshire/Surrey border, was held after officers followed up a contact phone number left on eBay.
He has been released on police bail.