Collection tins for the Poppy appeal have been stolen from three hotels in the Scottish Borders.
The thefts have been condemned by police who are trying to determine if the same person is responsible for each theft.
The thefts happened at the Townhouse, the George and Abbotsford and Burt's hotel in High Street Melrose over 5 days. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said:
– Lothian and Borders police spokesman
"We are trying to establish whether the thefts are linked. This is a particularly mean crime. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the police."