Police investigate spate of Loanhead break-ins

 Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police are appealing for witnesses following a number of break-ins to outbuildings and business premises in the Loanhead area.

All four incidents took place between Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20.

A snack van, in Edgefield Industrial Estate, was broken into and a quantity of food stolen. The theft took place between 4.45pm on January 17 and 6am on January 20.

Two bicycles were stolen when a garage was broken into in Mayburn Avenue between 3.30pm on January 18 and 6pm the following day.

On Mayshade Road, a garden shed was broken into and two pedal cycles were stolen. This happened between 2pm and 6pm on January 19.

The final incident took place at the Laura Asley unit, Straiton Retail Park, where a window was smashed but nothing was taken.

Officers are appealing for any information in relation to the incidents

Detective Sergeant Gordon Millar said: “Those responsible for these thefts may try and sell items on and so anyone who comes across individuals attempting to do so is asked to contact police immediately.

“Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in this area between Friday evening and Monday morning, or who has information that can assist with our enquiries is also asked to come forward.”

He added: “The crimes are occurring during the hours of darkness and the culprits are forcing entry to the premises and stealing items from within. It is also believed that they are using a vehicle, so if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously whether on foot or in a vehicle they are urged to contact police immediately.

“Operation RAC is well underway and a number of individuals have been brought before the courts for these crimes. Those responsible for housebreakings can be rest assured that they will dealt with robustly.”

DS Millar advised the public to seek security information to safeguard their homes and possessions. Crime prevention advice is available by speaking to the local policing team or visiting the Police Scotland website at www.scotland.police.uk.

Anyone with information about the recent Loanhead incident should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.