Police are appealing for witnesses and issuing a home security message to the public following a number of recent housebreakings.
Between Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24, seven break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred in Penicuik, Cousland and Newtongrange.
The properties targeted were a mixture of business premises, homes and outbuildings including garages and sheds in High Street, Penicuik; Fifth Street, McLean Walk, Lothian Terrace, Colliery Crescent and Galadale Crescent, all Newtongrange; and Cousland.
Anyone with information relating to any of these offences is asked to contact police immediately.
Sergeant Michele Lindsay from Penicuik Police Station, said: “These incidents are all being investigated as part of Operation RAC and I would ask anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in these areas, or who has information that can assist with our ongoing inquiries, to come forward.
“Home and business owners are reminded to ensure they have all the necessary security measures in and around their property such as robust locks, alarm systems and appropriate lighting.
“Police Scotland offers a range of useful advice and information on safeguarding your home and business and this can be obtained by visiting our website at www.scotland.police.uk.”