Housebreaking operation makes progress in Midlothian

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Seven people have been charged with housebreaking offences as part of an ongoing police campaign.

Operation RAC was launched in December to tackle housebreaking in many communities throughout Scotland where the issue was identified as a local priority.

As a result of police enquiries into a number of incidents last year, several people have now been identified.

Between August 24 and 25, a property in Lothian Drive, Easthouses was broken into and a mobile phone was stolen along with a quantity of tobacco.

Two males aged 15 and 12 have since been reported to the Children’s Reporter.

Another incident was reported at an address in Mayfield Place on August 29 where a purse was stolen from within.

Following local enquiries, a 12-year-old male and an 11-year-old male have been reported to the Children’s Reporter.

On Hogmanay, an Isuzu lorry was stolen after the keys to the vehicle were taken during a break-in at the Bonaly Dairy at the Bilston Glen Industrial Estate in Loanhead.

The truck was later recovered in Trinity Street, Hawick and police carried out a thorough investigation to trace those responsible.

Three men were then arrested and charged with this offence.

The trio aged 18, 20 and 31 are all scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan, Local Commander for Midlothian said: “Operation RAC continues to identify those responsible for domestic and commercial housebreaking across Midlothian and bring them to justice.

“Offenders should be left in no doubt, that police robustly investigate all reports of acquisitive crime and anyone found to be involved will be identified and arrested.

“In addition to enforcement activity, local officers remain committed to providing our communities with crime prevention advice and personal security information.

“The public can help safeguard their possessions by taking steps such as securing windows and doors when leaving a property unattended.

“In addition, ensuring all outbuildings have suitable security measures in place, particularly in the more remote rural areas, will also stop your home or business becoming an easy target for criminals.

”Anyone wishing further advice on crime prevention can visit our website at”