Warning after spate of East Lothian thefts
Police have warned members of the public in East Lothian to be on their guard after a spate of thefts in the area.
Since the beginning of October officers have seen a rise in the number of properties being broken into and are urging communities to be extra vigilant as the festive season approaches.
Addresses in Port Seton, Haddington, Dirleton and Dunbar have been targeted, resulting in various items including electrical equipment, jewellery and cash being stolen from inside.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an £8,000 ring and three-figure sum of cash was stolen from a house in Dirleton on Monday, November 5.
The break-in happened sometime between 7.30pm and 11.20pm at an address in Maxwell Road. On returning home the owner found that the property had been broken into and a number of items of jewellery including a platinum ring with an emerald inset and diamond baguettes on either side, had been stolen.
A police spokesman said: “Not only is the jewellery of significant financial value, it also holds great sentimental importance to the victim who is keen to have the stolen items returned. Anyone who can assist with our enquiries into this theft is asked to contact police immediately.”
On Wednesday morning, November 7, three separate incidents were reported to police in Dunbar. Two off-road motorbikes and a number of power tools were stolen from a garage in John Muir Road sometime overnight between 9.30pm on Tuesday, November 6, and 7.30am the next day. The Yamaha bikes - one blue and white, the other orange and white, were worth around £6,250. Three of the power tools have since been recovered in woods nearby.
The same night a designer handbag was stolen from a car in Steadings Garden, and a car in Kellie Place was opened but nothing was taken.
The spokesman said: “We would be keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed some suspicious activity in the areas of John Muir Road, Steadings Garden and Kellie Place to come forward.
“In each of these recent incidents properties have been entered and items of both financial and sentimental value were stolen, leaving the victims deeply upset.”
Anyone wishing information on home security and crime prevention can visit the Lothian and Borders Police website at www.lbp.police.uk
People can also contact the police on 0131 311 3131 to report information and to ask to speak to a local crime prevention officer.
The charity Crimestoppers can also be phoned with details in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111 or by online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.orgThe charity Crimestoppers can also be phoned with details in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111 or by online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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