Police are looking to trace two people in connection with a break-in and theft at a shop in Innerleithen.
The incident happened at around 3:10am on Tuesday, when the suspects were seen entering the Co-op on Peebles Road.
They stole a number of cigarettes before leaving minutes later.
Police are now appealing for the assistance of the public in an effort to identify and trace the suspects.
Both were dressed in black clothing and wearing balaclavas with thick jackets. One wore light-coloured industrial style gloves while they other had thick black gloves and carrying green bags.
Detective Constable Callum Peoples of Police Scotland CID said: “It is not clear at this stage of our inquiry which way the suspects fled the scene however I would ask anyone who lives in the Peebles Road area and who saw or heard suspicious activity around the time of this theft to get in touch with police immediately.
“A significant number of cigarettes were stolen as a result of this break-in and I again ask members of the public to be vigilant and to come forward if they or someone they know has been approached recently to buy cigarettes on the black market.”
Anyone who has information relevant to the ongoing investigation can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.