Spate Of High Value Shoplifting Hits The Region

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses after a number of shops reported thefts on Thursday 1 June 2017. 

At around 1340 hours two men were seen to leave the Tesco store in Annan with a trolley full of alcohol which had not gone through the till. It is believed that over £500 worth of spirits were in the trolley when it was taken. The two men responsible are described as (1) Male, in his late 40s, medium build, dark hair with grey starting to show, about 5’8″ tall and was wearing a navy polo shirt with stripes across the front and jeans. (2) Male late 20s/early 30s, slim build, quite tall, short dark hair, wearing Adidas three stripes tracksuit bottoms and hooded top.

In a second theft, this time around 1420 hours, at the Tesco store in Lockerbie Road, Dumfries, a man was seen to place alcohol straight into a carrier bag. After checking the stock it was discovered that 10 bottles of expensive vodka had been stolen with a value of over £400. The man thought responsible is described as being tall, wearing Adidas striped tracksuit bottoms and an Adidas hooded top. This man is similar in in description to one of the men who had earlier been at the Tesco store in Annan.

A third high value theft took place at The Canny Scots Shop at the Gretna Service Area, Gretna sometime between 1000 hours and 1230 hours. During this time 11 Cashmere jumpers worth over £600 were stolen. Sadly there are no description of any suspects in this case.

Constable Carolyne Crozier said “there are clear similarities between the two Tesco thefts, right down to the description of one of the suspects. We are keeping an open mind as to whether or not the cashmere theft is linked. We ask that anyone who might have seen anything which might help us trace those responsible call us at Dumfries on 101.

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