Police are appealing for witnesses following a number of incidents across Edinburgh and Midlothian involving a stolen car.
Officers received a report of a housebreaking at an address in Cluny Drive at around 12.45 a.m. on Tuesday 29th August, during which time a grey Landrover Discovery was stolen.
This vehicle was then used during a ram-raid of the Blackhall Village Newsagent on Craigcrook Road at a 1.15 a.m.that morning.
As a result, the shop’s ATM machine and contents were stolen.
The ATM was discovered earlier today by a dog walker on the Cammo Estate.
At around 4.15 a.m. a call was received relating to a break-in at Pasha’s Newsagent on Balgreen Road before a third report was made of an attempted housebreaking at the Stenhouse Newsagent, Stenhouse Cross at around 4.40 a.m.
The stolen Landrover is also thought to be involved in two further break-ins at a dental practice in Rosewell Road, Bonnyrigg and the Elginhaugh Farm pub on Gilmerton Road, Lasswade.
Both of these offences took place between 3.30 and 3.50 a.m.
Detective Sergeant Keith Taylor from the Community Investigation Unit said: “We firmly believe that the individuals responsible for the theft of the Landrover are also responsible for this spate of ram-raids, break-ins and attempted break-ins across Edinburgh and Midlothian.
“As part of our ongoing inquiries we are actively looking to trace the stolen vehicle and anyone who believes they have seen it, or knows its current whereabouts should contact police immediately.
“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to any of these incidents is also urged to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact the CIU via 101 or make an anonymous report to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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