Police are hunting housebreakers in Aberdeenshire after two separate incidents this week – one of which involved the theft of a high-end car.
The force has reminded Westhill residents to keep their doors and windows locked at night after homes were broken into between midnight and 6am on Thursday at Mains Circle and Lawsondale Drive.
A black Mercedes GLC 220 4×4 with registration FX19 HBO was stolen from Mains Circle and remains missing.
Alcohol, a purse and less than £100 in cash were taken from the property at Lawsondale Drive.
Detective Constable Paul Wigley said: “If anyone recalls either hearing or seeing anything unusual in Westhill in the early hours of Thursday I would ask that they get in touch. Any details, no matter how minor, could be useful to us.
“I would also like to remind householders to keep their homes secure overnight.
“Opportunist thieves will try multiple doors on a street until they find one that is unlocked. They then sneak and take what they can, which can include keys for vehicles.
“To reduce the likelihood of this happening to you our advice is to lock your door. It takes less than a minute and doesn’t cost anything to do, but it can potentially save you thousands.”
Anyone with information on either incident should call the police on 101 quoting reference 0674 of 8 August for Mains Circle, or 0677 of 8 August for Lawsondale Drive.