Thousands stolen in targeted raids in Polmont

Police are warning residents to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in Erskine Hill and surrounding streets. Picture: Michael Gillen (132879)
Police are warning residents to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in Erskine Hill and surrounding streets. Picture: Michael Gillen (132879)
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Around £40,000 worth of goods have been stolen from homes following a series of break-ins.

A mixture of jewellery, cash, silverware, china and bottles of alcohol were taken from the houses in five streets in Polmont.

Police say the targeted 
properties were in Erskine Hill, Marchmont Avenue, Forest View, Polmont Park and Taymouth Road, and that on each occasion the crime has taken place while the property’s occupiers have not been at home.

Among the hundreds of items stolen have been a luxury gold Swiss RADO watch, at least three diamond engagement rings, an early 19th century sterling silver tea set and two pearl necklaces.

The heartless thieves also took 14 diamond rings, 14 gold rings, eight watches and a 200-year-old Victorian necklace in a haul that has left families devastated at the loss of cherished family heirlooms.

There were a total of 10 break-ins and attempted break-ins in the area between June 29 and October 20 this year.

Police say they are hunting two young men who may be linked to all the incidents. They were disturbed during a recent attempted break-in at a home in Erskine Hill.

Both white, one is described as being in his late teens to early 20s, of average build and with dark hair. He was wearing a red tracksuit top. The second male is approximately the same age, again of average build and with short fair hair and wearing a dark top at the time.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Over the last four months there have been 10 reported break-ins to
residential properties in the Polmont area.

“On all of these occasions the occupiers have been out for the day or away on holiday.

“We are appealing for information in relation to these crimes and also for members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area.

The spokesperson added “Police Scotland would encourage all homeowners to make sure that windows and doors are locked at all times and also to take precautions like considering using a light, radio or television on a timer to give the perception that someone is at home.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.