A 42-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman have been charged in connection with numerous acquisitive crimes in the Moray and Inverness areas, including the theft of five charity tins and theft by house-breakings at various businesses.
Enquiries have been made by officers from Highland and Islands Police Division, North East Division and officers from the Divisional Alcohol Violence Reduction Unit following nine separate reports of acquisitive crimes during May and June 2018.
These include -
• the alleged theft of charity tins from stores at Elgin's Blackfriars Road, High Street, Station Road and St Giles, and another from a shop at Telford Street in Inverness
• an alleged theft by house-breaking at Drummond Stores, Inverness, during which tobacco and alcohol was reported stolen
• an alleged theft by house-breaking at a store at Great North Road, Muir of Ord, during which tobacco and alcohol was reported stolen
• an alleged theft by house-breaking at a residential property in Forres during which various electrical items were reported stolen
As a result of collaborative work between the Divisions, the pair were arrested and charged in connection with the various offences and are expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court today (Thursday June 21). They have also been charged in connection with commiting alleged road trafic offences in Elgin.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail said: "Police Scotland is committed to tackling acquisitive crime and we work together cohesively across all the Divisions and Departments to focus our resources and specialist knowledge in order to gather information and ultimately tackle more crime.
"Thank you to all those who assisted with these particular enquiries."