Man detained in connection with three shop break-ins in Forres

Police cordoned off a road in Elgin this morning and later confirmed three arrests in relation to 'a disturbance'.
Three shops on Forres High Street were damaged – two in the same night.

THREE THEFTS ON Forres High Street have led to a major police investigation – and the arrest of a 36-year-old man who will appear in court tomorrow.

Earlier today Police Scotland issued an appeal for information into the three break-ins at business premises – two on the same night.

The first was at the Northern Fish Restaurant at around 9.45pm last night (Wednesday) when damage was caused to the front door and a three-figure sum of cash taken. The second report involved suspicious activity at the Speedy Pepper at around 1.30am, when damage was again caused to a rear door and a two-figure sum of cash was taken.

The third case under investigation happened earlier this week when the Rowlands Pharmacy was attacked on September 9.

Following an initial appeal, police said that they had detained the 36-year-old mail in connection with the break-ins, and thanked members of the public for their assistance.

Earlier, Inspector Graeme Allan said: “Our investigations are at an early stage and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious or suspicious people in the area around the times in question to get in touch as soon as possible.

“In particular we are looking to trace a male aged between 25 – 35 years, approx. 5’10” in height, of a stocky build with light short length hair and who was wearing a hat who may be able to assist with our inquiries.

“Crimes of this nature are extremely rare in our community and I can assure the public that the safety and security of businesses in the area is a priority for Police Scotland.

“Anyone with information or concerns about crime where they live should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”

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