Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary have issued warnings that a gang of tool-thieves, which is targeting expensive power tools, are operating in the area.
Within the past seven days nearly £10,000 worth of tools has been stolen from vehicles and properties in Clarencefield, Ruthwell, Glencaple, Dalbeattie and Dalry.
Drills, saws, generators, nail guns, battery grinders and socket sets have all been stolen in the thefts.
– Detective Inspector Iain Johnstone, Dumfries and Galloway Police
Given the nature of these crimes it would suggest that they are linked and we have a team of detectives working on them.
We believe there are one or two criminal teams specifically targeting power tools from vehicles and work sites throughout the region.
Power tools are expensive and the thieves know this. We would encourage people to make it hard for the criminals to act. Remove all tools from unattended vehicles or work sites overnight.
The public can help in our investigations by reporting any suspicious activity to us and if at all possible noting any makes, models and registration numbers of any suspicious vehicles they may come across.
The people committing these crimes obviously need to use vehicles, the thefts have occurred in rural locations and the thieves also need to carry the stolen goods away.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 0845 600 5701 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.