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Five in court over Almondvale designer watches theft

Five people have appeared in court in connection with the theft of £70,000 of watches from a Livingston jeweller's.

The incident happened at about 03:45 on Wednesday at the Chisholm Hunter store in The Centre, Almondvale.

Police said a sledgehammer was used and about 30 Tag Heuer watches were taken.

David Reid, 32, of no fixed abode, and Laura Goodwin, 36, Jean, 61, and Malcolm, 49, McQuillan, and Robert McKnight, 40, all from Livingston, face charges of theft.

Four of the five, excluding Mr McKnight, also face drug charges.

All five accused appeared on petition in private at Livingston Sheriff Court and made no plea or declaration to the charges against them.

They were all released on bail except for Mr Reid.

Det Con Bruce Kennedy of Police Scotland re-issued an appeal for witnesses who might have seen a small car near The Centre at Almondvale around the time of the alleged crime.

He said: "Anyone who believes they have been offered the stolen items for sale, or has any other information that can assist our inquiries, should also get in touch."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said inquiries were continuing and further arrests were anticipated.

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