Three men aged 18, 20 and 22 from Aberdeen have been arrested and charged in connection with 47 crimes across the North-east.
Numerous incidents took place between February 24, 2016 and March 10, including –
- theft of motor vehicles from the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen, Beacon Drive in Fraserburgh, Braemar, and Tarland
- thefts from motor vehicles at Strichen Court in Fraserburgh, Little Drumlassie at Torphins, Braemar, Ballater, and Turriff
- sneak-in theft at Middleburgh Road in Fraserburgh, attempted thefts at Kennedy Place and Cairnhill, Fraserburgh, and thefts at Ellon, Echt and Parkhill, Dyce
- damage at Auchmill Golf Course, Aberdeen
- petrol thefts at BP and Shell garages at King Street, Aberdeen
The total value of vehicles allegedly taken is estimated at around £46,500. All vehicles have now been recovered.
The total value of other property allegedly stolen is £3,650, of which £1,300 has been recovered so far.
The total value of alleged damage caused is near £51,000.
The three males have been charged with various crimes between them in relation to the 47 incidents.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Walker said
I would like to thank the public for their assistance and valuable information in relation to these incidents, and the media for its help.
Police are committed to tackling car thefts and thieves – it is at the forefront of our policing strategy and we know it is a priority for the public who it affects. I can assure people living in the North-east that we will continue to detect and arrest those who threaten our communities, and it is testament to our officers that so many vehicles and property are traced and returned to their owners.
I would also take this opportunity to ask the public to help us deter thieves and reduce your chances of becoming a victim by taking simple steps to secure your valuables. Please ensure your businesses, homes, garages and vehicles are always locked, and always keep vehicle keys out of reach from your front door and any valuables out of sight.
Anyone with information about crime in their area should contact Police Scotland on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.