Two houses broken into in West Linton

Police in West Linton on a previous occasion.
Police in West Linton on a previous occasion.

Two house break-ins near West Linton reported to police within hours of each other are believed to have been carried out by the same burglars, say officers.

The first burglary was reported in the early hours of Sunday, June 19, after the victims returned to their home in Dolphinton Road, about half a mile south west of West Linton.

Thieves had forced their way into the property and stolen a three-figure sum of money and a collection of commemorative coins.

The second break-in occurred at an address in Dolphinton between 10.30am on Thursday, June 6, and 12.45pm on Sunday, June 19.

Burglars broke into the home while its occupants were away and stole a quantity of jewellery, including bracelets, chains and necklaces.

Police are carrying out inquiries in an effort to trace those responsible and are appealing for the assistance of the public.

PC Andy Loughlin, of Police Scotland’s community investigation unit in Galashiels, said: “Given the similarities of the break-ins, we believe there is a strong possibility that they are linked.

“Both homes are fairly secluded and were unoccupied at the time they were targeted.

“I want to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of these thefts and who noticed any unusual behaviour.

“Housebreaking is among the most intrusive crimes that we deal with, and we are committed to swiftly arresting anyone involved in this offence.”

Potential witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.