We are however in the meantime listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other sources
STOLEN CAR - DUMFRIES
A turquoise Vauxhall Mariva was stolen from Aldermanhill Road in Dumfries sometime between 7 PM on Friday 15th and 9 AM on 16th March 2019.
At the time it was stolen the vehicle had the registration SH03HRX. Have you seen the vehicle over the weekend?
If you can help, contact Police Scotland on 101.
Police Scotland is investigating a report of an intruder being found within a property in Kirtle Place, Gretna during the early hours of this morning.
A 29 year old woman, who lives at the address, awoke around 3 am and discovered the man in her kitchen. The man fled on being discovered and made good his escape.
A police spokesperson said "being woken during the night to discover someone within your house would be a terrifying experience. The man is described as being slim and was wearing dark coloured jacket and scarf. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area or who might have any information about this to call us at Annan on the 101 number.
PLAY EQUIPMENT DESTROYED WITH AXE
Police in Moffat are appealing for witnesses following the destruction of Moffat Woodland Trust play equipment and theft of the project's totem signpost on Gallowhill in Moffat.
The damage has occurred between 3 PM on Friday 1st and 10 AM on Saturday 2nd March 2019.
Constable John Cowan said "In what has clearly been a malicious attack using an axe, the totem post has been hacked off at the base and removed and hack marks left in several of the wooden structures.
Two magnifying glasses have also been removed from the site.
Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - SUCCESS
We have been asking you to report suspicious activity following a spike in rural thefts over recent months. Information about a suspicious van being seen in an unusual remote location yesterday resulted in police officers tracing it during our night shift patrols and discovering it was on false plates and the driver had no licence, insurance or MOT.
Please continue to report any suspicious activity to Police Scotland via 101.
SCRAPYARD THEFT - ANNAN
Police officers in Annan are investigating after the scrapyard between Annan and Creca was broken into and over £10,000 worth of tools and scrap were stolen.
The theft occurred during the early hours of Saturday 23rd February and police are keen to speak to the occupants of a large white van seen in the area at that time.
Property stolen included three orange Husqvarna stihl saws, 2 Makita stihl saws, orange solo chainsaw and a green McIntyre Cable Stripper.
Anyone with any information should contact police officers at Annan Police Station on the 101 number.
STOLEN PLANT EQUIPMENT - DUMFRIES
Detectives are investigating after thieves stole £45,000 worth of plant machinery and tools from the Scottish Water yard next to College Drive in Dumfries.
The stolen items include two red 1.5 Tonne Mini Excavators and trailers.
The theft occurred sometime after 5 PM last night (Tuesday) and 8 AM this morning. Anyone who witnesses the excavators being removed from the site or may have subsequently seen the vehicles leaving the scene via the A76 or A75 should contact Police Scotland on 101.
We are investigating the theft of yet another quad bike from the region. This time a red coloured Honda TRX500 quad bike, valued at £4000 has been stolen from a shed at a farm in the Waterbeck area.
The theft happened sometime between midday on Sunday 17th and 9 AM on Monday 18th February 2019.
Detective Constable Michael Scott said "In recent weeks we have seen an increase in quad thefts in the Canonbie / Langholm / Lockerbie areas and I want to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles approaching farms or people who appear to be up to no good. Callers can contact Police Scotland using the 101 number.
STOLEN QUAD BIKE - GRETNA
A Military Green 350cc 2009 “GRIZZLY” quad bike, similar to the one pictured, was stolen from a farm near Gretna sometime between 6 PM on Monday 18th and 7 AM on Tuesday 19th February 2019.
Detective Constable Michael Scott said "Over recent weeks we have seen a spike in thefts from rural locations and I would encourage farmers and landowners to report all incidences of rural crime. If anyone recalls seeing or hearing any suspicious activity, particularly around farms and rural areas where plant is located, I would ask them to get in touch on 101".
HOUSE BREAKING ANNAN
Police in Annan are investigating after a house on the outskirts of the town was broken into. The property, which is situated approximately 1 mile outside the town on the B723 was broken into between 9 AM and 11:30 AM on Wednesday morning.
The thief has stolen cash during the raid.
Constable Graeme Glendinning, based at Annan said "this theft occurred over a very short time period and I would ask that anyone who was travelling on the B723 between Annan and Hoddom and seen anything suspicious or captured anyone walking on the road on their vehicle dash cam, contacts Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 1187 of 13/02/2019
HOUSEBREAKING - DALSWINTON
TRAILER THEFTS - EAGLESFIELD
These trailers were stolen from a yard near Eaglesfield sometime between 5 PM on Sunday and 9 AM on Monday 11th February 2019.
The first trailer is an Andover, tri axel step frame low loader, 45 foot long in green. The second is a Fromco, 2 axel tipping trailer, 30 foot long in silver.
Anyone with any information should Contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0837 - 11/02/2019
Police are investigating after a property on the outskirts of Dalswinton Village was broken into sometime betwen 9:30 am and 6:50 pm on Monday 11th February.
Electrical items and alcohol were stolen in the raid. Anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles or people in the area is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident reference 3450.
HOUSEBREAKING - DUMFRIES
Police in Dumfries are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into on Edinburgh Road in the town. The break-in occurred between 4 pm on Tuesday 5th and 10 am on Thursday 7th February while the owner was away.
At this time it appears nothing was stolen in the raid, however anyone that can help should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0898 of 7th February.
SPAR STORE RAID - ANNAN
Police officers in Annan are investigating after the Spar store on Butts Street in the town was broken into overnight.
The premises appear to have been targeted shortly after midnight and it appears that cigarettes were once again the target for the thieves.
Detective Inspector Scott Young said "This is the third similar break-in in the area following two thefts in Moffat last week. Following a recent spike in break-ins over recent weeks we have increase our police presence and officers were on scene within four minutes of the calls to police last night. Unfortunately the offenders had already made good their escape.
We are appealing for anyone who may have been around the Butts Street area just before or after midnight to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious. We are reviewing CCTV in the area and will be carrying out a scenes of crime examination at the store today.
Callers can contact police at Annan on the 101 number, quoting reference number 0049 of 08/02/2019. Anyone wishing to pass on information anonymously can do so on the Crimestoppers number of 0800 555 111."
There were 88 theft by housebreaking (including attempts) in Annandale & Eskdale between April and December 2018.
Police Scotland offers a free home security survey to anyone who wants to review the security of their home. The survey, carried out by one of our Crime Reduction Officers will give practical and low cost advice on how best to secure your home and could include advice on lighting or CCTV.
To get one of these surveys, call us on 101 and ask to be put through to your local Crime Reduction Officer. We will make an appointment suitable to you to come and carry out the survey.
"By taking basic crime prevention steps, you can help make it harder for thieves. Simple things like always locking and securing your home when leaving it unattended or small changes to lighting or window locks could be all it takes to deter thieves. Working together we can help reduce crime, and ensure that the number of those who experience the trauma of a break-in is kept to a minimum.”
DISTURBANCE - A75 CASTLE DOUGLAS
Police at Castle Douglas are appealing for witnesses following a fight on the A75 near the Ram hill at Castle Douglas. The incident occurred around 11:30 AM this morning (Wednesday 6th Feb) and involved the drivers of two HGV's.
We believe a number of vehicles waiting in a line of traffic will have seen the drivers fighting and are particularly keen to speak to the man who spoke to police officers when they initial arrived but left before giving his details.
As part of our investigation we are also keen to trace the driver of a blue/red Scania R580, described as 6ft 5, muscular build, short grey hair and bald on top with a long grey beard. He was wearing a black and grey shirt and jeans.
Anyone that can help should contact Police Scotland quoting incident 1271 of 6th Feb.
SEE IT – REPORT IT
“If something looks out of place, seems a bit unusual or just gives you the feeling that something’s not quite right, then call it in to Police Scotland,” urges Detective Inspector Dean Little.
Over recent weeks we have seen a spike in break-ins to business and homes and we believe this is down to teams of organised travelling criminals from outwith the area. We suspect from our investigations, at least two of these break-ins have been carried out by the same people, who have returned to target Dumfries and Galloway again.
We will continue to work away in the background to identify and bring those responsible to justice, however you can help and that's why I’m asking everyone to pay attention to strange faces or vehicles that they see in their neighbourhood.
Very often those who would break into our homes and property carry out some form of recce of the area prior to carrying out the crime. If you see someone sneaking around, make sure you contact Police Scotland on the 101 number, or if it is an emergency, through the 999 number.
A call to report such behaviour is never a wasted call, and if made at the time, gives our officers a chance to check the matter out there and then, as opposed to learning about it after the crime has been committed.
STOLEN QUAD BIKES - BEATTOCK / LANGHOLM
Police in Lockerbie are investigating after a two quad bikes and a trailer were stolen overnight.
The First quad was stolen from a yard at Beattock sometime overnight.
A second red Honda quad bike and trailer were also stolen from a farm near Langholm overnight. The trailer is described as a silver livestock trailer with a black and green sticker on it's back door and is approx 6ft by 4ft.
Anyone with any information about either of these thefts should contact Police Scotland on 101.
ATTEMPTED THEFT FROM VEHICLE - DALBEATTIE
Police are investigating after attempts were made to break into a Blue Nissan Navara while it was parked in Birch Grove in Dalbeattie sometime between midnight (Saturday) and 3 pm on Sunday 3rd February.
Although entry was not gained, the vehicle was damaged by those responsible. Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 2376 of 03/02/2019
ATTEMPTED HOUSEBREAKING - STRANRAER
Police in Stranraer are investigating after attempts were made to break into a house in Stoneykirk Road in the town.
Around 6:55 am on Saturday 2nd February 2019, the retired householder was at home when he heard a noise and disturbed the man who was attempting to break in. The person responsible is described as male and was wearing dark clothing. He subsequently fled having failed to gain entry into the house.
Anyone who may be able to assist should contact Police Scotland on 101.
SUBWAY BROKEN INTO - GRETNA
Detectives are investigating after Subway at Gretna Gateway was broken into in the early hours of Sunday 3rd February 2019.
Detective Constable Lee Moscrop, said "Those responsible have stolen a quantity of cash from the premises. Our enquiries so far suggest the break-in occurred shortly after midnight, into the early hours of Sunday and a least two persons were involved.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or any unusual activity in the Gretna area around this time is asked to call Police Scotland on the 101 number, quoting 1063 of 03/02/2019.
Callers who want to remain anonymous can use the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111."
HOUSE BROKEN INTO - MOFFAT
Police in Moffat are investigating after a house on Old Carlisle Road in the town was broken into and a number of items stolen. The theft occurred sometime between 1 PM and 10 PM on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
Constable Philippa Leslie said "It appears those responsible have stolen cash, jewellery and clothing and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of Old Carlisle Road in Moffat on Saturday Afternoon / Evening. Anyone who can help, should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.
BREAK-IN AT MOFFAT
Officers are investigating another break-in to a garage in Moffat. This time the Colvin Garage in the town's High Street was violated sometime around 12.15am on Tuesday 29 January 2019. The security of the premises was overcome and it appears that cigarettes were once again the target for the thieves. At this time it is unknown what has been stolen.
Detective Constable Scott Ruddick said "this is the second similar break-in in Moffat in a week. We are appealing for anyone who may have been around the High Street area just before or after midnight to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious.
We are particularly keen to hear about any vehicles seen around the High Street, either driving past the premises or parked in the vicinity of the garage. Callers can call us on 101 and should use the reference number 0509 29/1."
Appeal after Sweet Sadie's broken into - Dumfries
We're appealing for information after Sweet Sadie's Ice Cream and Desserts in Dumfries town centre was broken into in the early hours of this morning.
Around 00.20am two people, described as wearing dark clothing, attempted to break into the cash machine within the shop. They then made off and left the area.
Detective Constable Rowan Buckley, the officer in charge of the inquiry, is appealing for anyone with information about those responsible to contact him. He said:
"This is a busy area, even at this early hour, and I am appealing for anyone who seen any suspicious people or vehicles or has information about who the two people are to get in touch with me by contacting Police Scotland via 101."
Incident number 0104 of 27/01/2019 refers. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
MAN SOUGHT - LOCKERBIE
Officers in Lockerbie are seeking the help of the community to identify the following man after a report was received about him exposing his privates in the presence of a 12 year old girl in the town. The incident happened at around 3.45pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019, whilst the girl was making her way home from school along St Brydes Terrace in the town.
A man, described as white, about 40 years of age, average build, about 6' tall, wearing a dark leather jacket, a grey hooded top with the hood up and navy jeans, passed the girl when she observed that his private parts were exposed. The girl reported the matter to her parents when she returned home.
Constable Stephen Glendinning said "we have been carrying out door to door in the area and are exploring the possibility that the man may have been captured on CCTV along the way. We are appealing to anyone who may have been along St Brydes Terrace yesterday afternoon around this time, or who can help us to identify this man through his description, to get in touch through the 101 number, quoting the reference number 2892 22/1."
FINANCIAL CRIME ALERT
As a result of scam, a man lost £19,500 to fraud yesterday after being told he would be given a refund for poor broadband performance.
Fraudsters calling people in our area claiming to be from BT or your broadband provider are very common right now. Start the conversation with your friends and family so they know its a SCAM and to hang up the phone.
COLD CALLERS WARNING
Over the past few days reports of cold calling in the Lochmaben area have been reaching our ears. One lady in the town had three men at her door in relation to some branches which were to be trimmed from trees in her garden, however the trees were actually chopped down. In another report an elderly man was out walking near to the Mill Loch when he was approached by three men who were travelling in a light coloured van. The men said that the man owed them a substantial amount of money for a roofing job which they had allegedly done for him. Later that day the same three men turned up at his home, again demanding money. Community Constable John Cowan said “we are keen to hear from anyone who can help identify those involved. I would also urge anyone who is considering having any work done to go through the Dumfries and Galloway Council Trusted Trader Scheme, details which can be found on www.dumgal.gov.uk Some tips in dealing with cold callers include –
REMEMBER – Take time to consider your options. Don’t be pressured into making a quick decision.
CAUTION – Never pay upfront for goods or services you have not received.
THINK – Are they a legitimate company? Why haven’t they given me a written quote?
IF IN DOUBT – JUST SAY NO.
About four metres of wall has been demolished at the Sandmill Service Station on the Cairnryan Road, Stranraer, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, by a vehicle which failed to stop after the crash. Were you in the area and did you see anything that might help us trace the driver? Call us on the 101 number quoting the reference number 0843 16/1 if you can help please.
HOUSEBREAKING - CALSIDE, DUMFRIES
Police in Dumfries are investigating after a house in Calside Avenue in the town was broken into on Tuesday 15th January 2019.
The crime occurred between 3pm and 11pm while the property was unoccupied. A number of items of jewelry and a four figure sum of cash were stolen.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the are on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 3965 of 15th January 2019.
Did you leave your front grill at the scene of an RTC?
Police are investigating after a Honda Civic appears to have hit and snapped a BT poll on the B722 just outside Waterbeck. The offending vehicle failed to stop at the scene however the front grill of a Honda Civic (year 2000 - 2006) was found at the scene.
Constable Ryan McGarvey based at Annan said "The RTC was reported to us around 11 PM on Monday night. I would appeal to the driver to contact Police and help sort the matter out. Alternatively, anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 4097 of 14th January.