Police bid to solve series of thefts in Innerleithen

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of thefts in Innerleithen last week.

Officers were called to an address on Traquair Road where a thief or thieves entered two cars, which were parked in a driveway, between midnight and 3am on Wednesday, August 26.

A number of high value items were stolen, including a three-figure sum of money and a laptop.

Elsewhere, a garage was broken into at a separate address also on Traquair Road sometime between 9pm on Tuesday, and 7:30pm on Wednesday.

Two mountain bikes, a black coloured Santa Cruz Heckler and a Giant Reign, were stolen as well as a still saw.

Meanwhile, a single decker bus parked in an industrial estate on Traquair Road was entered and a small number of items removed sometime between 5:30pm on Tuesday, and 8am on Wednesday.

Police says they are keen to trace four males who were seen in the area around the time of these incidents.

Inspector Bryan Burns said: “A thorough investigation is now underway into these thefts and I would appeal to anyone who has any information that might assist with our ongoing enquiries or has been offered items that match the description of the stolen property, to please come forward.

“Given the nature of these crimes and the close proximity they occurred it is highly likely these incidents were carried out by the same person or people.

“Such crimes are rare but I would remind the public to ensure vehicles and outbuildings are properly locked and all valuable items removed from view. Criminals will often seize upon opportunities but one of the best ways to deter them is by placing as many obstacles as possible in their way.”

Anyone with any information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.