A MAJOR INVESTIGATION into thefts from several motor vehicles in the north east has resulted in an 18-year-old Moray man appearing at Elgin Sheriff Court.
Police Scotland said that they had charged a 19-year-old from Aberdeen in connection with theft from three vehicles in Aberdeen and Forfar as well as an 18-year-old appearing in Moray relating to thefts from cars in Buckie and Findochty.
The Buckie and Findochty thefts relate to incidents during October and November, while those in Aberdeen and Forfar relate to thefts on November 15 and November 16.
The 18-year-old appearing in court on Tuesday was identified as Kenan Lambert, who denied 15 charges relating to debit cards stolen from parked cars. Prosecutors accuse Lambert of stealing a number of bank cards, one of which he allegedly attempted to use to purchase £1,609.04p worth of goods from JD Sports’ website.
Other charges include altering his electricity meter to gain free power. Lambert will face trial next year.
Buckie-based Inspector Ewan Strachan said: “I would particularly like to thank locals for their assistance throughout our investigations.
“Once again I would urge the public to ensure their home security is a priority. Make sure the doors to your home and vehicles are locked at all times, even when you are at home, and keep any valuables out of sight. If you have security lights or alarms make use of them, and let Police know if you see any suspicious activity as soon as possible.
“Taking some simple precautions could save you a lot of time, trouble and expense in the long run. Anyone with concerns or information should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”