Two men found in possession of stolen property from Midlothian and the Scottish Borders have been arrested and charged with dishonesty offences as part of Operation RAC.
Officers responded to reports of males acting suspiciously on Crichton Terrace, Pathhead at around 5.10am on Saturday (December 28).
Following local enquiries in the area, the men were traced to Pathhead and found in possession of stolen property from the area and also from the Scottish Borders towns of Earlston and Lauder.
The pair aged 20 and 24 were subsequently charged and are scheduled to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court today (Monday).
In total the men have been charged with 14 separate offences in relation to crimes of dishonesty.
Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson said: “In this instance, high-value property was recovered and has been, or will be, returned to its rightful owners in due course.
“Police Scotland is committed to tackling housebreaking and further enforcement activity as part of Operation RAC will continue to take place across the Lothian’s and Scottish Borders.
“We have a number of items that have yet to be reunited with their rightful owners. I would urge anyone in the areas of Earlston, Lauder and Pathhead to check their outbuildings and vehicles and if they have been a victim of crime or indeed suspect that a vehicle or outbuilding has been entered and searched then they should contact Police immediately.
“The public can assist police in tackling housebreaking and opportunist thefts by taking the necessary security measures to safeguard their homes and possessions and by locking and securing vehicles and outbuildings at all times.
“Crime prevention advice is available by speaking to your local policing team or visiting the Police Scotland website at www.scotland.police.uk.
“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”