Vigilance warning as around £30k worth of goods stolen in days

Communities in Moray are being warned to take particular care of their property after a spate of unusual thefts saw around £30,000 worth of goods stolen.

Items from an off-road vehicle to a quantity of garden turf were taken in a series of thefts over a 48-hour period.

A farm near Fochabers lost a four-wheel Ranger Polaris overnight on Monday, thieves also helping themselves to a hedge trimmer, binoculars and a saw from that incident.

On the same night agricultural equipment was stolen from separate farms in Fochabers and Keith, while 24 hours later 100 rolls of turf was removed from properties being built in the Buckpool area of Buckie.

Constable Steve Borzoni is investigating the Buckie thefts. He said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who might have seen an older-style white Mercedes Sprinter van in the vicinity around the time of these thefts.

“I would also appeal to anyone who has been offered turf for sale to get in touch with us. Now that we are into the spring I would advise gardeners and businesses to ensure that tools and landscaping materials are stored securely after they finish using them for the day.

“People need to be vigilant to any people taking an unusual interest in their gardens, building sites or sheds.”

Further investigations are taking place into the theft of 300 litres of diesel fuel from a construction site near Craigellachie.

Anyone with information relating to any of these thefts is asked to contact Police Scotland by calling their local police on 101.

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