Thieves use stolen car to steal alcohol from store in the Scottish Borders

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft from a store in Lauder.

The incident happened around 1.30am on Wednesday 28th August at the premises in Edinburgh Road.

After entry was forced to the shop and a quantity of alcohol was stolen.

The suspects then made off in a green Land Rover Defender with the registration number G965 LRM.

This vehicle was stolen from an address in East Lothian at around 11.55pm on Tuesday 27th August and officers believe the same individuals are responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Given the times both of these incidents occurred, it appears the suspects stole the vehicle in Longniddry and then travelled to Lauder where they targeted the store.

Detective Constable Bruce Dodds, Galashiels CID

Those with information can contact Galashiels CID via 101 and quote incident number 238 of the 28th August (Lauder break-in) or incident number 494 of the 28th August (theft of Land Rover, Longniddry). Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.