Arrests made in quad bike thefts

Police in the Borders have arrested and charged four men following enquiries into thefts of quad bikes and motor vehicles, as investigated under Operation RAC.

The spate of thefts took place around Stow, Lauder, Galashiels and Innerleithen over the last week.

The men were arrested and charged following extensive enquiries and several motor vehicles and quad bikes were also recovered by the investigation team.

A 36-year-old man, a 30-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 17-year-old man were due to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court today.

Operation RAC officers are also appealing for any witnesses following the theft of 900 litres of diesel from the Forestry commission in Wauchope Forest between June 6 and 9.

Detective Sergeant Gordon Millar, who is leading the Operation RAC enquiry, said: “This is a great success for Operation RAC and demonstrates that we will actively pursue those who continue to blight our communities in such a way.

“Quad bikes and motor vehicles are vital for living and working in the Scottish Borders and these arrests send the message that theft and housebreaking will not be tolerated.”

Police are still appealing for information after two quad bikes were taken from an outbuilding at a farm in Newcastleton between 4pm on June 8 and 8am on June 9. They were later recovered in Roughope Forest.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.