Police Scotland report that further tool thefts have been reported in the region.

Overnight Tuesday 2/Wednesday 3 October 2018 a British gas van which was parked in Grennan Road in Penpont was broken into and tools with a value of over £1000 were stolen. The tools included a flue gas analyser and a flue multi meter.

Sometime overnight Thursday 4/Friday 5 October 2018 a works van was broken into while it was parked in Church Road in Kirkpatrick Durham. Tools with a value of around £1500 were stolen in the raid and include drills, a circular saw a radio and crimping gun.

Overnight Saturday 6/Sunday 7 October 2018 a Ford Transit van which was parked in Elizabeth Walk in Dumfries was broken into. A quantity of Makita electrical tools with a value of around £2000.

Constable Ruairidh Matthews said “Over the past week or so we have had five reports of works vans being broken into and tools being stolen. The value of the tools stolen is now totalling many thousands of pounds. We are asking for the help of the public to report to us any suspicious goings on that they witness, and to report this to us at the time, on the 999 if they see a crime in progress, or 101 if it’s suspicious behaviour. We are only too happy to check these reports out and if it turns out to be false alarm with good intent then no harm done. We are also urging those who carry tools in their vehicles to think very carefully about where they park and to ensure that vehicles are locked and secured at all times when parked up.”


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