Arrests pass the 50 mark in Midlothian

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Another two men have been charged with housebreaking offences in Midlothian as part of Police Scotland initiative Operation RAC.

Officers in Loanhead responded to Edgefield Road at around 4.20am on Saturday (March 1) following reports of a break-in and theft from a snack bar.

Both men were detained before being charged in connection with the incident.

Operation RAC was launched in December 2013 and since then, 53 individuals in Midlothian have been charged or reported to the Procurator Fiscal for housebreaking and associated offences.

Almost £41,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered and efforts are continuing to ensure of all these items are returned to their rightful owners.

Police in Midlothian are continuing with Operation RAC enforcement activity and say they will robustly deal with anyone found to be involved in acquisitive crime.

The public are asked to assist in tackling these crimes by ensuring their homes and businesses are appropriately safeguarded.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan, Local Area Commander for Midlothian said: “Operation RAC was launched as part of our commitment to addressing community priorities and with over 50 people now subject to police action since December, I hope we are sending a clear message that housebreaking and associated offences will not be tolerated in Midlothian.

“Every day officers are progressing lines of enquiries to bring those responsible to justice and I want to stress that all reports of criminal activity are treated with the utmost seriousness and are investigated appropriately.

“If you witness a housebreaking or have information relating to acquisitive crime in your area then please contact police immediately.

“As part of Operation RAC, we are committed to crime prevention and local policing teams are happy to provide the public with a range of advice and guidance on protecting their properties.

“Should you require any of this information then please contact us on 101.”