Four men wearing dark-coloured clothing broke into an Inverness care home using a window and stole cash and other items belonging to residents, police have said.
The break-in at the Isobel Fraser Care Home in Mayfield Road is one of three detectives are investigating in the Highlands.
The incident occurred at 10.30pm on Friday.
Hours later at 00.40am, police received a report that Meallmore Lodge in Daviot had been broken into, again items and money belonging to the residents were stolen.
A third break-in later occurred at the Wade Centre in Spey Street, Kingussie at 3am. Two men, dressed in dark-coloured clothing, were spotted near the premises. Items belonging to the residents and money were stolen.
Police said no-one was injured in any of the incidents, however, irreplaceable items of great sentimental value have been stolen.
Officers believe the incidents are linked and the same people are responsible.
From Inquiries carried out so far, officers have identified that a blue coloured Audi car was seen in the area. They are appealing for anyone who was driving in the areas targeted or the A9, between Inverness and Kingussie during this period, to check their dashcams as they may have captured footage which could assist the investigation.
Detective Constable Graham Gordon said: “It’s imperative we trace the people responsible for these crimes. We will continue to review CCTV footage from the premises for any additional information which could assist our investigation.
“To steal precious jewellery and items from elderly people, with no thought for the impact it will have on them, is sickening. Many of these items will have been in their possession for several years, perhaps belonging to their loved ones who are no longer here. Clearly, those responsible only care for themselves and whatever they can get. Although, I’m sure if it was their mother, father or grandparents, they would think differently.
“I am appealing to members of the public for any information regarding these incidents or anyone who has information on those responsible to please contact us.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.