POLICE are appealing for witnesses following seven break-ins and attempted break-ins which took place over the Easter break.

All the incidents occurred between the evening of Monday, April 17 and the morning of Tuesday, April 18.

Three business premises in Innerleithen were broken into including a tanning salon, coffee shop and a bakery.

During the same time period a car garage in Hawick was also broken into.

Attempts were also made to force entry to a clothing shop in Selkirk and two local shops in West Linton. However these were unsuccessful and nothing was stolen.

From the four successful housebreakings, numerous items including a four figure sum of cash were taken.

At several of the addresses targeted a small red vehicle was seen which contained three occupants wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Local officers suspect that all break-ins are linked and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Barry Roebuck from Galashiels Pro-Active CID said: “As part of our ongoing investigation we would ask that anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity within any of the areas affected to contact police as soon as possible.

“We’re particularly eager to speak to the occupants of a small red-coloured vehicle that was seen in the area at the time and who may have information that could help.”

Chief Inspector Andrew McLean, Area Commander for the Scottish Borders said: “Police Scotland treat all crimes of dishonesty with the highest priority and I would like to reassure the public and local residents of the areas affected that we will continue with our pro-active patrols and road checks in an effort to deter and detain those responsible.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.