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Police probe thefts

By Tanya McLaren

BUSINESSES are on their guard after break-ins to three industrial units in Forres, a robbery at Brodie Countryfare, as well as a break-in and five car thefts around Nairn and Auldearn in the past three weeks.

Police are probing thefts in the Forres and Nairn areas
Police are probing thefts in the Forres and Nairn areas

At least five vehicles have been driven away without permission from the Nairn area, with one of the stolen vehicles matching the description of a 4X4 wanted in connection with the theft at Brodie, carried out twelve hours after the car was stolen, and in which thousands of pounds worth of goods were snatched.

Inspector Murdoch MacLeod, Commander for the Nairn area is also reminding members of the public to be vigilant with their home and vehicle security following the spate of robberies.

“Locking homes and vehicles, keeping keys and jewellery items out of sight and reporting anyone suspicious in your area can help avoid falling foul to perpetrators of this crime."

Witnesses are being sough after a Renault and a Landrover were stolen within days of each other, and jewellery and cash were taken from a house in Moss-side in Nairn.

The first incident occurred sometime between 11am and 4:30pm on Friday (November 1) when a silver/grey Renault Modus, registration number NV08 JB0, was taken from outside the Moss-side home.

An indigo blue Landrover Discovery, registration number R777 0DY 4x4 was taken sometime between 11:30am and 12noon on Thursday (November 6) from outside a property in Househill, near Nairn.

Police are keen to speak to a man described as being in his early 20’s, of 5’5” in height, with facial stubble wearing a dark blue hooded top, woollen hat and white trainers, who was seen in the area around the time of the incident and may have information.

Meanwhile thefts occurred attwo industrial estates in Forres. A spokesman for Moray Timber said that power tools worth several hundred pounds were stolen, overnight last Monday/ Tuesday (November 4/5) from their unit at the Waterford Industrial Estates;

Thieves gained entrance after they penetrated the yard at Keith Builders Merchants, where a spokesman said they also attempted unsuccessfully to syphon diesel from a tank.

Police are understood to be studying CCTV in relation to this incident.

Andy Dunlop who owns Dunlop Motors on the Greshop said thieves failed to gain entrance to his premises which have been broken into a handful of times before, but broke into car wash machines located outside his building and stole money last Wednesday evening.

Car wash machines at Bridgemill Direct were also targeted a few days ago. A police spokesman told the Gazette that they are carrying out enquiries into the Forres incidents, but said it was too early to link them with the other reported crimes in the Nairn area.

Meanwhile, they are seeking information about a purple/blue 4x4 vehicle seen in the vicinity of Brodie countryfare, which was broken into between 11pm and 11.30pm on November 7.The 'Gazette' also believes that thieves attempting a break-in were interrupted at a site in the Waterford last week.

Anyone with information about the break-ins, or the vehicles around or after the time they were removed should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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