Thieves target care homes in string of ‘sickening’ break-ins

Police are hunting for a gang of men after three care homes were broken into during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Police are hunting for a gang of thieves after three care homes were broken into during the coronavirus pandemic.

The string of “sickening” thefts took place across Inverness, Daviot and Kingussie over the weekend. 

Four men broke into Isobel Fraser Care Home in Inverness on Friday around 10.30pm after gaining access through a window. The gang stole cash and items belonging to the elderly residents of the home. 

On Saturday, police received a report that Meallmore Lodge in Daviot had been broken into, again items and money belonging to the residents were stolen.

A third break-in then occurred at the Wade Centre in Spey Street, Kingussie, where items belonging to the residents were stolen.

Police believe the raids are linked and the same people are responsible.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was driving in the areas targeted or the A9, between Inverness and Kingussie during this period is asked to check their dash cams as they may have captured footage which could assist the investigation.

Detective constable Graham Gordon said: “It’s imperative we trace the people responsible for these crimes.  We will continue to review CCTV footage from the premises for any additional information which could assist our investigation.

“To steal precious jewellery and items from elderly people, with no thought for the impact it will have on them, is sickening.  

“Many of these items will have been in their possession for several years, perhaps belonging to their loved ones who are no longer here.  

“Clearly, those responsible only care for themselves and whatever they can get.  Although, I’m sure if it was their mother, father or grandparents, they would think differently.

“I am appealing to members of the public for any information regarding these incidents or anyone who has information on those responsible to please contact us.”


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