Elgin man in court over series of incidents in Moray and Aberdeenshire

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A MAN FROM ELGIN has been charged in connection to seven alleged thefts and intended thefts from commercial premises through Moray and Aberdeenshire at the weekend.

James Scott, 30, appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday. He was apprehended after three incidents were reported in the Elgin area, three in Huntly and one in Lossiemouth between Friday December 15 and Monday December 18.

Two car dealerships were targeted, a hair salon where electrical items and cash were reported stolen and four separate service stations. Two vehicles were reported stolen from one of the dealerships but have since been recovered during enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Bruce Buntain said: “Thank you to those who assisted with our extensive enquiries into these incidents.

“Tackling acquisitive crime is a priority for Police Scotland in the North East and a great deal of proactive work goes on in the region day-in day-out to prevent incidents from happening in the first place. If the worst happens we will do everything possible to bring those responsible to court.

“I urge anyone who sees any unusual or suspicious behaviour in their community to contact Police Scotland on 101, 999 if it is an emergency, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous.”

Scott made no plea and was remanded in custody.