Man arrested for housebreakings in East Scotland

Published 13 June 2019

A man has been arrested in connection with a two break-ins to businesses in Forth Valley and the Scottish Borders.

At around 12.35am on Wednesday 13th June the Tesco supermarket in Colliery Road, Falkirk was broken into and the suspects made off in an Audi S3 Quattro.

The vehicle was later seen in the Balgreen area of Edinburgh before it was then involved in a break-in and theft from the fast food restaurant in Channel Street, Galashiels.

Police initiated a pursuit of the car, which was subsequently found abandoned on the City Bypass, near to Straiton.

A search of nearby fields was then undertaken by PD Ted and his handler and at around 4.50am a 22-year-old man was discovered and apprehended.

The male has been arrested and inquiries are continuing.

Superintendent Helen Harrison said: "Tackling acquisitive crime, in particular offences that span across geographical divisions, is one of our top priorities and this arrest was the result of outstanding pursuit work by Road Policing Officers, specialist search activity by our Dog Unit and vital information from the public.

"Inquiries into these break-ins continue but I want to make it clear that the Lothians and Scottish Borders, and our neighbouring divisions continue to work closely with one another to identify housebreakers and vehicle thieves operating across county lines to bring them to justice.

"As always, if you believe you have information relating to acquisitive crime offences, or those believed to be involved, then please contact us via 101, or 999 in an emergency."

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