THIEVES have stolen over £2,000 worth of power tools and a three-figure sum of cash during two break-ins in Earlston.

Both incidents happened overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21 at premises on the High Street.

Staff at the Bakehouse in the High Street contacted police after entry was forced to the store and a three-figure sum of cash was stolen.

The Walter Donaldson and Son butcher shop was also targeted during this time period resulting in a garage being broken into and over £2,000 worth of power tools being stolen.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish if these offences are linked and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Stevie Halls from Galashiels CID said: "Given the proximity of both businesses we believe the same individuals may be responsible.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around Earlston High Street on Wednesday night or Thursday morning should contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone who can help us identify the culprits is also urged to get in touch."

Those with information can contact Galashiels CID via 101 and quote incident numbers 460 and 471 of December 21. Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.