Thieves have used specialist tools to steal the arm of a hydraulic crane from a building site in Aberdeen.
Police are appealing for witnesses as they look to trace the people responsible for the theft that is believed to have taken place over a several-hour period between 5pm on Monday and 8am on Tuesday.
The arm of the crane, which is estimated to be worth around £8000, was removed and stolen from a trailer at the site of the Cala Home Craibstone development off Inverurie Road.
Police Scotland said it would have taken several hours and specialist equipment to carry out the theft, as they appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Eamonn Ryan: “It would have taken several hours and specialist tools to dismantle the parts, as well as a large vehicle to transport the equipment, so someone is likely to have seen something.
“Our inquiries into this theft are ongoing and I would urge anyone with information or who believes they have seen any suspicious activity around the area to come forward.
“I would also ask that anyone in the area with a dashcam or private CCTV check their footage and pass on anything of note to the police.”