Feb 262015

Police in East Lothian have arrested and charged a 16-year-old man following break-ins at three business premises in Dunbar during the early hours of Tuesday, February 17.

He has also been charged in connection with a break-in at a public house in Tranent, which also took place in the early hours of February 17.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Thursday, February 26).

Police are now appealing for witnesses following further break-ins to business premises.

The first took place in the early hours of Wednesday, February 25, in Longniddry. The second break-in took place sometime between the afternoon of Tuesday, February 24, and the morning of Wednesday, February 25, in Port Seton.

Officers are now urging anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area, or who has any further information about these break-ins, to come forward.

Inspector Andy Harborow said: “I’m urging all residents to be vigilant and call if they see any suspicious behaviour related to a property. The sooner we are called to an incident the sooner we can begin our investigations.

“Likewise, I would urge all local businesses to ensure that valuables are secured when a premises is empty, that all money is removed, and to arrange a consultation with one of our officers who will advise on how best to secure their premises.”

If you’re a local business owner, please contact PC Anne Torrance on 01620 827569 to arrange a crime prevention consultation with an officer.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.