A GANG of thieves has been targeting cottages at rural locations in the Borders.
Their haul has included jewellery and cash, and police have issued a warning to householders to be extra vigilant.
Detectives and uniformed officers are involved in the investigation and they believe the raiders are using a dark green vehicle.
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police at divisional HQ in Hawick said householders should take extra care to ensure that as well as their homes, sheds and garages are secured.
The spokesman told us: “In almost every incident the perpetrators have singled out rural properties that are unoccupied. They force an entry into sheds and then use implements from them to gain access to houses.
“Our enquiries have also revealed that a dark green vehicle has been seen in the locality of the break-ins.”
Recent raids have taken place at Caddonfoot, Denholm and Melrose.
During the morning or early afternoon of last Thursday a lodge at Caddonfoot was entered. Sometime during Friday afternoon a cottage at Denholm was broken into and valuables stolen. Between September 3 and Friday an isolated cottage at Abbotsmoss near Melrose was targeted.
Last month nearly £4,000 in cash was stolen from a house in Linglie Road on the outskirts of Selkirk. The daylight raid included £2,800 in Bank England £50 notes and 1,200 in Euros. It is not known whether this raid was linked with those that followed.
The police spokesman added: “We would like to hear from anybody who saw or heard anything suspicious around the times of these break ins.
Information can be passed to Galashiels police station on 01896 752222 or 01896 664507 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.