Businesses are being warned to be on their guard after a series of distraction thefts across the Highlands.
Premises in Beauly and Inverness were targeted on Friday followed by a further incident in the Grantown-On-Spey area on Saturday.
Items of jewellery were taken from the business in both Beauly and Grantown while a three-figure sum of cash was stolen from a business in the city.
The technique, known as Ringing the Changes, involves the culprits deliberately confusing members of staff while carrying out a transaction in an attempt to leave the premises with more money that they began with.
Detective Sergeant Reuben Lindsay said businesses should stay alert.
He said: “We are keeping an open mind if these incidents are linked, although there are similarities in the techniques used.
“Each of these incidents are reported as having involved two or more women speaking with eastern European accents who deliberately distracted staff members to steal goods and cash.
“We would advise shop workers and owners to be aware and on their guard against such an approach. The types of criminals who carry out thefts like this tend to travel widely.
“Anyone who believes they have information or want to report any concerns can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”