Tayside and Central Scotland

Police probe copper thefts from house in Montrose

Police are trying to trace two men following the thefts of copper from a house in Montrose.

Officers said a quantity of piping and two water tanks were stolen from the back garden of a house in Rossie Braes at about 12.20 on Wednesday.

Witnesses reported seeing two men loading the metal into a white Transit van.

Copper theft is estimated to cost the British economy £1bn a year, with scrap dealers paying up to £4 per kg.

Police said one of the men was described as being between 20 and 24-years-old, 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a bright blue lightweight jacket with brown shoulder and elbow pads, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man was thought to be about 30 years old, 6ft tall, of medium build with short black hair. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and green bottoms.

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