LAST week ‘The Berwickshire News’ reported that a mini digger had gone missing from Coldstream, well police have informed us that the very same digger has been found in Strathcluyde, leading to a man being charged with theft.
Police launched their enquiries after hearing the digger had been taken from the Guards Road area of the town sometime between Friday, January 13 and Monday, January 16.
Their investigations led them to Starthclude and after the vehicle was traced, a 31 year old man from Motherwell was charged with theft.
A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal and the male will be appearing in court at a later date.
Commenting on the incident and the rising number of machinery thefts throughout the Lothian and Borders force area, Detective Inspector Grant Dougall said: “Theft of plant machinery is becoming an increasing concern not only locally, but across the force area.
“I am delighted on this occasion that within a matter of days we have recovered the vehicle and returned it to its owner”.
“I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of plant thefts to the business and farm community and to ask where possible, that owners properly secure machinery to minimise the opportunity of theft”.
”I would also encourage the public to contact police should they see any persons acting suspiciously within or near to building sites or farmland or should they observe plant machinery or agricultural machinery being driven on our roads at unusual hours of the day or night”.
As well as vehicles being targeted, like at the start of 2011, the region has also witnessed a sharp increase in the number of agricultural fuel thefts of late.
Any person wishing to report suspicious behaviour can do so by ringing 0131 311 3131.