Three work vans have been broken into in the Scottish Borders with thousands of pounds worth of power tools stolen.
Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after the thefts in Tweedbank and Melrose.
Ford Transit vans were targeted outside separate addresses on Honeylees Drive in Tweedbank and another address in Melrose sometime overnight between Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.
Police say the power tools stolen were worth around £5,500.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
"Given the nature of these crimes and their close proximity it is highly likely that these incidents are linked.
"Today, I ask anyone with information that might help trace those responsible or who noticed any unusual behaviour around the time of these offences to come forward as soon as possible.
"Likewise, if you have been approached recently to buy second-hand power tools and are suspicious about where they came from then you should let us know.
"I would also ask all owners of Ford vans to review their security in light of these recent break-ins and make sure they have taken adequate steps to protect their vehicles.
"This includes parking in well lit areas and removing any high value items from within. If this is not possible then ensure that any valuable items are hidden from view. Thieves are opportunistic by their nature and are always looking for soft targets. By taking some straightforward preventative measures you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime."
Snow has been falling in towns across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
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Melrose has been named the Scottish Borders' third Fairtrade town.
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Police Scotland is investigating a suspicious fire which was discovered at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2015 at business premises in St Dunstans Lane in Melrose.
The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. No-one was injured in the blaze however the premises are badly damaged.
Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland, J Division said
early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place between Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstans Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our enquiries into this fire. Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result. Anyone wishing to call can do so through the non emergency 101 number, or if they wish to remain anonymous then they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
A 65-year-old man has been reported missing in Melrose.
Borthwick "Kenny" Wilson, from Hawick, was last seen leaving Huntlyburn House - a mental health ward run by NHS Borders - at 2pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 28).
Police Scotland say there have been no sightings of him since, and concern is now growing for his welfare.
He's described as white, with a slim build, around 6'2", with balding grey hair and clean-shaven.
He was last seen wearing a blue top, blue trousers, green polo top and possibly a green jacket.
We are keen to establish Kenny's whereabouts as soon as possible and anyone who believes they have seen him since Tuesday is asked to come forward.
In addition, we would ask Kenny to get in touch with friends, family or police and let us know you are safe and well."
The Scottish Borders town of Melrose has been celebrating the annual ride out as part of its summer festival.
It's the highlight of a week of events in the town, in which the Melrosian leads a cavalcade around the town and its boundaries.
More than 200 horses and riders took part.
Police in the Borders were called to woods near Melrose on Friday following reports that a man was seen holding a shotgun.
Police carried out a thorough search of the woods at the back of Harleyburn Court but they did not trace the man. He was not acting in a threatening manner.
Police say he is described as white, aged between 50 and 60 years old and around 5ft 10inch tall. He has greying hair and stubble and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, green Wellingtons and carrying a black rucksack.
“It is not clear at this stage what the man was doing at the time but clearly we are concerned by reports that he was seen in woodland holding what appears to be a double-barrel shotgun.
“There may be a reasonable explanation and that is why we are keen to here from him directly or from members of the public who perhaps saw the man at some point during the day."