AN investigation has been launched after a seven high-value mountain bikes were stolen in spate of house break-ins across two Tweeddale towns.

The first incident happened overnight, between Monday, October 2, and Tuesday, October 3, at an address in Bonnington Road, Peebles.

Entry was gained to a secure garage, resulting in the theft of six high value mountain bikes.

One of the bikes was subsequently recovered nearby.

The second incident also occurred overnight, between Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5, at an address in Rosetta Road, Peebles.

Entry was gained to the property and a further high value mountain bike was stolen.

A further incident also occurred that night at an address in Buccleuch Street, Innerleithen, where an attempt was made to force entry to the property, however this was unsuccessful.

Police Scotland are investigating the circumstances of these housebreakings, the force believe all three incidents may be linked.

Police Constable Bruce Dodds of Galashiels’ Community Investigation Unit said: “Several high value mountain bikes have been stolen in a short space of time, and we are eager to trace those responsible as soon as possible.

“I would ask those living in the Peebles and Innerleithen areas to think if they have seen any suspicious behaviour over the last week, and if they have to report it to police immediately.”

Those with information can contact officers at Galashiels’ Community Investigation Unit on 101, quoting incident number 0581 of October 3, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.