Suspects sought after spate of 'linked' break-ins and car thefts

Police are hunting two men aged between 16 and 24 following the crimes in West Lothian.

Two male suspects sought after spate of ‘linked’ break-ins and car thefts in West Lothian iStock

Police are hunting two suspects following a spate of break-ins and car thefts thought to be linked in West Lothian. 

Officers said the first incident occurred around 8pm on Wednesday, December 28 when a window at a property in Inchross Park was broken. 

The keys for a white BMW M140, registration MC05 0RD, were taken and the vehicle stolen.

Two males were later spotted acting suspiciously on James Young Road in Bathgate around 9.10pm the same evening. They approached the door of a property but made off when they were challenged. 

A few hours later around 11pm, a window was broken at a property in Boghall Terrace, Linlithgow. Keys inside the property were stolen and a black Range Rover Velar, registration C11 KRD, was taken.

The incidents have also been linked to a break-in at a property in Wester Bankton, Livingston between the hours of 7.20pm on Tuesday, December 27 and 1.25am on Wednesday, December 28. 

Jewellery, including several watches, earrings and necklaces were stolen.

Police say they are searching for two male suspects. The first is described as being aged 16 to 24, around 5ft 9in tall and of a slim build. 

He was wearing light grey coloured clothing with a shiny logo on the front and lower back of his jacket, a hood, a face covering and gloves.

The second suspect is also described as being aged 16 to 24, of a slim build and around 5ft 9ins. 

He was wearing dark grey clothes with a shiny logo on the chest and back shoulder of his top and gloves.

Detective Sergeant John Irvine said: “These incidents are being treated as linked and we are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious at these locations before or after they happened to get in touch.

“We would particularly like to speak to anyone with private CCTV or anyone driving in the vicinity with dash-cam that might assist with our investigation.”

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers.

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