Warning after Wigtownshire quad bike thefts

Rural crime is an ongoing issue for Galloway
Rural crime is an ongoing issue for Galloway

A WARNING has gone out to owners of vacant rural homes in Wigtownshire after those responsible for a string of thefts further east appeared to have moved into the area.

Two quad bikes were taken from the Newton Stewart area this week and a team of detectives from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary have been designated to work on these cases and are currently following up several lines of enquiry.

Detective Constable Scott Young from the CID said: “While there is nothing concrete yet to prove that the same people are responsible for all these crimes, we have noticed similarities in the approach and methods used.

“There is every possibility that we have the same team of criminals moving around the region targeting empty homes and stealing from within. If so, this team of criminals are constantly on the move.

“They seem to look for good quality or high value properties that are a bit out of the way rurally that they think are empty.

“We have increased our night patrols however the winter conditions and the long, dark nights suit the thieves in committing their crimes.

“These criminals appear to be professional and ruthless. They will not stop until we catch them. We need the public to assist us, as we can’t watch all the rural areas alone. The public can be our extra eyes and ears. Seen a suspicious car? Noticed a van that is out of place or parked up where it shouldn’t be? Call us. Help protect your property and report anything that is out the ordinary.”

Contact police on 0845 6005701.