Police have arrested and charged three men in connection with a number of thefts and break-ins in Midlothian.
A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with three thefts from insecure addresses in Gorebridge between Saturday, September 14 and Monday, September 16. In all of the incidents items of personal property were stolen.
The man appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday, September 20, where he was remanded in custody.
In another arrest, a 23-year-old man was charged in connection with three attempted housebreakings in Matthews Drive, Newtongrange, in the early hours of Friday, September 20. He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Monday).
In addition, a 36-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with a break-in to a home in Windsor Terrace, Penicuik, where jewellery was stolen. He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday, where he was remanded in custody.
Detective Inspector Raymond Brown from Police Scotland, said: “While these were all separate incidents, they demonstrate the importance of ensuring that people secure their homes and property in order to guard against theft.
“Please consider locking your doors and closing your ground floor windows so that people do not have an easy chance to enter your house whilst you are distracted.
“If you are parking your car please consider securing it properly as thieves will and do look for easy targets presented by open windows, boots and even keys left in the ignition.”
Police Scotland would urge anyone with any information regarding acquisitive criminals operating in the area to contact them on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.