Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after three vans were broken into in Tweedbank and Melrose, resulting in the theft of high value power tools.
A thief or thieves targeted two Ford Transits as they sat outside separate addresses on Honeylees Drive in Tweedbank sometime overnight between Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.
A number of power tools were subsequently stolen.
Meanwhile, in similar circumstances in Melrose, a Ford Transit van parked on Eddy Road, was broken into between 10.30pm on Thursday, April 9, and 9am the following day. A significant amount of power tools were also stolen, said to be worth an estimated £5,500.
Police are now carrying out inquiries in an effort to trace those responsible and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward immediately.
Inspector Mike Bennett said: “Given the nature of these crimes and their close proximity it is highly likely that these incidents are linked. Today, I ask anyone with information that might help trace those responsible or who noticed any unusual behaviour around the time of these offences to come forward as soon as possible.
“Likewise, if you have been approached recently to buy second-hand power tools and are suspicious about where they came from then you should let us know.
“I would also ask all owners of Ford vans to review their security in light of these recent break-ins and make sure they have taken adequate steps to protect their vehicles.
“This includes parking in well-lit areas and removing any high value items from within. If this is not possible then ensure that any valuable items are hidden from view. Thieves are opportunistic by their nature and are always looking for soft targets. By taking some straightforward preventative measures you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.