Police are appealing for information following two commercial housebreaking incidents in Lockerbie and Moffat on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 March 2016.

Around 0345 hours on Sunday 27 March, two men broke into the Co-operative Petrol Station on Carlisle Road in Lockerbie and stole a quantity tobacco products which is estimated to be worth around £5000. They made off in an unknown direction.

Around 0315 hours on Monday 28 March 2016, two men broke into Co-operative Food store on Holme Street in Moffatt and stole a quantity of tobacco products, with the estimated worth still to be ascertained at this time.

In both these instances the men have been dressed entirely in black and wearing balaclava and gloves.

Detective Inspector Scott Young, Dumfries and Galloway Division CID, said today:

“Our inquiry is at an early stage in what we believe are linked incidents. Officers are analysing available CCTV and conducting local enquiries.

“We are confident that information we require to trace the persons responsible may rest with the local community. It is possible you heard a disturbance close to these locations, you may have witnessed people making off from these locations. It’s also possible that someone has attempted to sell you branded cigarettes at knock-off rates.

“The information you hold may not seem like much, however, as part of our broader inquiry it could make all the difference in tracking the people responsible.

Anyone with information can contact Dumfries CID via 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.


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