POLICE HAVE SAID that two men have been charged and reported to the procurator fiscal in relation to thefts over the last week in Forres and Buckie – and issued an appeal over an offence in Elgin yesterday.
A 26-year-old was reported after a theft in the High Street area of Forres that took place in the early hours of Monday, December 14. The same man was also reported in relation to a break-in in the Tytler Street area that took place on Sunday, December 13 – he was expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on December 15.
Meanwhile a 32-year-old was reported in relation to a break-in and theft to a residential property in the Portessie area of Buckie on Friday, December 13 and he was expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday, December 17.
Detective Constable Grant Rigg warned members of the public to be particularly aware at this time of year, saying: “We would like to remind people to take care of their belongings and take simple crime prevention steps, such as locking their doors at all times to help deter these types of crime.
Meanwhile an appeal for information has been issued after a man attempted to steal a backpack from a woman on a lane near Pansport Road in Elgin at around 1.30pm on Friday.
The man, who made off onto Pansport Road, opposite the Co-operative Food store, is described as being 20-30 years old, 5feet 10inches tall and of medium build with dark facial hair on his chin.
He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, dark blue baggy jeans and gloves.
Detective Constable Gary McTurk said: “This incident happened during the day, in a public place and we are keen to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time.”
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.