Police have said four thefts or attempted break-ins at business premises across the Scottish Borders and East Lothian could be linked.
It follows incidents at shops and a petrol station in Ormiston, Innerleithen, Galashiels and Earlston during the last month.
The force went on to report that cigarettes had been taken from the premises in a number of the break-ins.
Two people wearing hooded tops, gloves and scarves covering their faces were seen in the area at the time of the thefts.
The first attempted break-in was at a convenience store on Main Street in Ormiston on March 23 at 2.45am.
Two days later, at about the same time in the morning, a window was smashed and cigarettes were taken from a shop on Peebles Road in Innerleithen.
The third incident was at 11pm on April 7, at a petrol station on Melrose Road in Galashiels.
And the following day, thieves struck at 1.45am at a business in Earlston.
Detective Sergeant Adrian Dixon said in a statement this week: “We believe that these incidents may be linked, and we are asking anyone who remembers seeing two people around that time matching those descriptions to contact us.”
He went on: “It is also possible that the noise of glass windows being smashed may have caught someone’s attention.
“Again we would urge them to contact us if they saw anything suspicious.”
Members of the public can call Police Scotland on 101 or alternativelycontact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.