Four charged as police operation in East Lothian continues

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Another four people have been charged with housebreaking offences as Operation RAC continues in East Lothian.

On Monday 20th January a couple were awoken within their home in St Baldreds Road, North Berwick after hearing noises downstairs.

A woman was then found outside the property and was detained by one of the occupants until police arrived.

The 40-year-old was subsequently arrested and was due to appear at Haddington Sheriff Court on Tuesday 21st January.

Local officers in Tranent also responded to a report of a break-in at an address in The Hedges on Monday 20th January after two people were disturbed going through the cupboards of a property.

The pair made off but were soon after apprehended by police and charged with housebreaking.

The 38-year-old man and 43-year-old woman were due to appear at Haddington Sheriff Court the following day.

Sometime Between Christmas Eve and 28th December 2013, a property in Brierbush Road, Macmerry was entered and various items of electronic equipment and clothing were stolen from inside.

Police enquiries identified an 18-year-old male, who has now been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for this incident.

As part of Operation RAC, officers also recovered an iPod, which was stolen from an address in Campbell Road, Longniddry on Tuesday 21st January.

A 23-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with this theft.

Chief Inspector Colin Brown, Local Area Commander for East Lothian said: “This has been another successful week for Operation RAC, with four more people facing police and court action for their involvement in housebreaking.

“The public can rest assured that enforcement activity will continue as Operation RAC looks to bring more offenders to justice.

“In addition, this initiative is also aimed at preventing these crimes occurring in the first instance and our communities are urged to ensure they have appropriate security in place to protect their homes, businesses and outbuildings.

“Anyone looking for more information of safeguarding their possessions can speak with their local policing teams.”

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