South Scotland

Police probe Gretna and Peebles cash machine theft links

Crossburn filling station Image copyright Google
Image caption The incident in the Borders came just a few days after a similar theft in Dumfries and Galloway

Police say they are keeping an "open mind" about potential links between two cash machine thefts in southern Scotland in recent days.

The latest happened at the Crossburn filling station on Edinburgh Road in Peebles at about 02:35 on Monday.

It followed an incident overnight between Thursday and Friday at the Old Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green.

On both occasions the thieves left the scene with the cash machine and its contents.

In the Peebles incident they made off in a red Volkswagen Golf towards Eddleston.

'Open mind'

One of the suspects was of large build, wearing a black hooded top and a black balaclava. He was wearing a white T-shirt and navy tracksuit bottoms.

Det Con Callum Peoples said: "This break-in has caused a considerable amount of damage and deprived the owner of a valuable piece of equipment for his business.

"We believe someone will have information that can help us to trace the subject."

Police in Dumfries and Galloway said they were aware of the incident in the Borders and were looking at whether there was any connection.

Det Insp Scott Young said: "It is too early to say if these thefts are linked and we will be keeping an open mind.

"However, as part of our inquiry we will liaise with our colleagues in the Scottish Borders to establish any similarities they may have with our theft at Gretna."

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