Police in Midlothian are appealing to the public for help tracking two male suspects following a spate of car thefts in the area.
Due to the cold weather, there have been a number of car thefts across the county. Four incidents occurred on Monday, January 19 in Newtongrange, North Middleton, Roswell and Bonnyrigg.
Three of these incidents occurred when the car owners turned on their engines to defrost their cars and left them unattended. The suspects were then able to take the cars from outside the owner’s home.
The first incident occurred when the suspects found the keys to a black Landrover Freelander on Corrie Court, Newtongrange. The car owner had dropped the keys outside their home. The car was parked nearby and was subsequently taken.
Another three cars were then taken while they were defrosting: A red Toyota Avensis was stolen from an address at Cleugh Road, North Middleton; A grey Merc E220 was taken from an address at Lindsay Circus, Rosewell; A black Merc A150 was also stolen from an address at Burnbrae Gardens, Bonnyrigg.
Police are now trying to trace two men believed to be responsible for theses incidents. They are both described as white and aged between 20-25 years old. One of the men has blonde hair and was wearing grey cotton clothing.
Inspector James Gray said: “We are eager to trace the two men who were responsible for taking these four cars on Monday.
“We believe these cars, particularly the black Landrover Freelander, are still being used to steel others cars in the area. Anyone who has seen any of these cars is asked to contact us immediately.
“We are also warning the public to be vigilant and to not leave their cars unattended with the engine running while they are defrosting on cold mornings. Not only is this activity dangerous and risky, it is also illegal.”
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.