Dashcam appeal launched after series of early morning thefts

A Renault Clio was stolen from outside of a property and then used in a further theft and housebreaking.

Police launch dashcam appeal after series of early morning thefts in Winchburgh, West Lothian iStock

Police are investigating after a car was stolen from a West Lothian property and then used in a series of thefts in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In the early hours of Wednesday, July 13, a blue Renault Clio, with the registration plate SM11 AAZ, was stolen from outside a property on Newhouses Road in Broxburn.

Enquiries so far have established that the Renault was used in a further theft and theft by housebreaking.

The first incident occurred around 3.30am when three men entered a building site on Canal Road in Winchburgh and stole two scaffolding poles.

Then at around 3.40am three men broke into a premises on Glass Crescent in Winchburgh and stole a quantity of cigarettes and a sum of cash.

The three suspects are described as wearing dark clothing with masks and gloves.

Detective constable David McDougall, of Livingston CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the areas in the early hours of Wednesday morning who may have witnessed something.

“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the Renault Clio described either before or after these incidents. Also, anyone with dash cam footage who was in the area around the time of the incidents is urged to contact police as you may have captured footage that could assist with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident 0339 of July 13.  

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can give your information anonymously.