Po­lice probe spate of break-ins

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A SPATE of break-ins, at­tempted break-ins and thefts in Oban are not the work of a mas­ter crim­i­nal but some­one who is an op­por­tunis­tic thief, of­fi­cers at Oban Po­lice Sta­tion said this week.

Four in­ci­dents over Tues­day and Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 and 3, saw a lo­cal busi­ness, a gar­den cen­tre, a multi-na­tional store and a taxi bro­ken into over the course of one night.

While po­lice de­nied the in­ci­dents were a crime wave, they did say they were fol­low­ing leads in ev­ery case.

They have asked the pub­lic or any wit­nesses to con­tact of­fi­cers if they have in­for­ma­tion about a theft from a premises at MacPher­son’s Foods on Mill Lane be­tween 1pm on Novem­ber 1 and 5am on Novem­ber 2.

A break-in was also at­tempted at the Ar­gos su­per­store be­tween 6pm Novem­ber 2 and 8am on Novem­ber 3.

At­tempts to gain en­try to Cake­breads Gar­den Cen­tre on Soroba Road were made be­tween 5pm on Novem­ber 2 and 9.30am on Novem­ber 3.

A taxi was bro­ken into af­ter 10pm on Novem­ber 2 and be­fore 8am on Novem­ber 3 near to a premises in the Oban area.

Area In­spec­tor Mark Stephen aid that, with the darker nights, there was al­ways a risk of a higher in­crease in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

In­spec­tor Stephen said: ‘Peo­ple have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­sur­ing their premises are se­cure at all times.

‘There are some very sim­ple com­mon-sense mes­sages for the gen­eral pub­lic: do not leave homes or busi­ness premises open, re­move keys from ve­hi­cles and lock your prop­erty, whether it is a car or an out-build­ing.

‘Overnight, this will re­duce the risk to peo­ple and their prop­erty.’

Sergeant Alan Moore added: ‘Po­lice are fol­low­ing lines of in­quiry in re­sponse to the at­tempted break-ins.

‘We have in­creased the num­ber of po­lice pa­trols through­out the night.’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact PC Danny MacBeth or PC Lara Noble at Oban Po­lice Sta­tion or by tele­phon­ing 101.

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