Tayside and Central Scotland

Police warning over car thefts after teenager charged

Police in Forth Valley have issued a warning to homeowners after a teenager was charged over a spate of break-ins and car thefts.

The 17-year-old was charged with 10 crimes after houses were broken into in Dennyloanhead, Bonnybridge and Banknock and householders' cars stolen in July.

However police have warned residents to be on their guard after two similar crimes in recent days.

Fresh investigations are underway after cars were targeted in Bonnybridge.

The spate of crimes in July saw several properties broken into and householders' cars stolen inside a week.

After extensive inquiries police charged a 17-year-old from Glasgow, who is being held at Polmont Young Offenders Institution awaiting trial.

Officers have started a new inquiry after two reports of similar thefts in Bonnybridge this week.

Cars targeted

Two sets of keys were stolen from the front porch of a house on Bonnymuir Crescent in the early hours of Thursday, and the perpetrator made off with a Peugeot 5008.

The following night, a property on Ardgay Road was targeted, with a wallet and car keys stolen.

However the man, described as being in his early 20s, was disturbed before he was able to take the vehicle parked outside the house.

The suspect had short brown hair, was of a medium build and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a light blue hooded top.

Insp John Kellett of Police Scotland's Larbert sub-area command urged members of the public to be vigilant when locking up at night.

He said: "It's clear from the spate of crimes in July and also this week that thieves are often intent on stealing cars from driveways, so I am keen to remind people not to leave keys to their vehicles within easy reach or on open display."

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