AN appeal has been launched after two cars were stolen in Earlston and St Boswells.

Four businesses were targeted overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.

The first incident happened between 7pm and 6.30am at Rogers Building Limited in Station Road, Earlston. 

A silver Volkswagan Golf GT Bluemotion with the registration plate DA64 GPK was stolen.

The second incident happened at a garage in Charlesfield Industrial Estate, St Boswells, when a green Toyota Hilux with the registration plate AU12 TEC and a three-figure sum of cash were taken.

There were also two incidents in the Waverley Place area of Newtown St Boswells.

One business was broken into and more than £2,000 worth of cleaning products were stolen.

A second premises was broken into but nothing taken.

Officers are treating these incidents as linked and anyone with any information is asked to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Callum Peoples from Galashiels CID said: "This has been a brazen theft of vehicles, goods and cash and we believe those involved have targeted these premises.

"Our inquiries are at an early stage, however we believe the suspects to include at least three men.

"I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious vehicles or behaviour in the areas in the days prior to the thefts, or has any information that can help our enquiries, to get in touch as soon as possible.

"I would ask the public to report any sightings of the stolen vehicles, and be mindful that the registration plates may since have changed. Anyone with any information that can help with our enquiries is asked to contact us as soon as possible."

Those with information can contact Galashiels CID via 101, quoting incident numbers 0430 (Station Rd, Earlston), 0628 (Charlesfield) or 0883 (Waverley Place) of November 7.

Alternatively a report can be submitted to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.