Thieves steal £30k worth of Swarovski equipment from RSPB centre

High quality binoculars and telescopes were stolen from the site on Friday night.

Thieves steal £30,000 worth of Swarovski equipment from RSPB protection centre at Loch Leven Google Maps

High quality equipment worth over £30,000 has been reported stolen from a bird protection charity site near Kinross.

Police in Perth are appealing for information after a large quantity of Swarovski binoculars and telescopes were stolen from RSPB Scotland’s Loch Leven Nature Reserve visitor centre.

The incident occurred around 10pm on Friday with the stolen goods amounting to around £33,000.

The items are described as “very identifiable and traceable” and contribute to the environmental protection work carried out by staff at the site.

Anyone who has recently been offered Swarovski optics products for sale is being urged to report the incident to police.

Constable Matthew Bull at Perth Community Investigation Unit said: “Not only have the staff had the trauma of discovering the break in, but the stolen equipment means the important work they do to protect nature and the environment has been disrupted.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who has been offered Swarovski optics for sale recently, or from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen someone acting suspiciously.

“Anyone with information should contact police in Perth via 101 quoting incident number 3990 of February 10 2023.

“Alternatively calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.”