Witnesses sought after Innerleithen shop break-in

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a business premises in Innerleithen early this morning (Friday)

The incident happened at around 2.30am at a supermarket on Peebles Road in the town.

A quantity of cigarettes were amongst the items stolen.

Detective Constable Callum Peoples, of Galashiels Police Station, said: “It’s possible that someone nearby may have been alerted to this incident as the front window was smashed.

“Two men wearing white boiler suits left the property carrying black bags, and again this would’ve been unusual to see.

“I’m appealing for anyone with information who saw anything suspicious around this time to contact police.”

Earlier this week, there was a spate of break-ins, which are not considered to be connected.

There were two attempts to enter premises in Newcastleton and a housebreaking in Jedburgh.

Between 9.45pm on Tuesday, March 22 and 12.30am on Wednesday, March 23, attempts were made to enter both the Copshe Kitchen and the Olive Tree cafes in Newcastleton.

Despite not gaining access, significant damage was caused to the doors of both premises and anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to come forward.

And in Jedburgh, the bowling club was broken into at around 11.40pm on Tuesday, March 22.

While it appears no items were stolen from inside, the building’s external security was damaged and enquiries are continuing to identify those responsible.

Constable Ian Knipe from the Community Investigation Unit in Galashiels said: “At this time there is no evidence to suggest any link between the Newcastleton attempted break-ins and the housebreaking in Jedburgh, however, we will keep an open mind and would ask that anyone with information relating to any of these incidents contacts police immediately.

“In addition, anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity around these premises or can help us identify those responsible should also come forward.”

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