POLICE are appealing for information after a number of high-value tools were stolen in separate break-ins in Kelso.

Between 12.30am on Friday, November 13, and 10.30am the following day, a large shed at a commercial property on Station Yard was broken into.

A number of power tools were stolen including a Stihl leafblower, Stihl chainsaw and a circular bench saw believed to be worth around £3000 in total.

Some of the stolen goods have since been recovered as a result of the police investigation and a 42-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for reset offences.

However, officers are continuing to carry out local enquiries in an effort to track down the remaining items and others responsible.

Police are also investigating the theft of a Draper socket set that was stolen from a Ford Transit van as it was parked on Sprouston Roadsometime between 5pm on Thursday, November 26, and 7.45am on Monday, November 30.

PC Martin Gibson of Police Scotland said: "At present there is no evidence to link these incidents however given their close proximity and what was stolen we are keeping an open mind to that possibility.

"We have already recovered a number of the power tools that were stolen and have charged a man in connection with this inquiry.

"However, I would ask anyone who has been approached to buy second hand tools in the local area in recent days to please come forward immediately.

"Likewise, anyone who remembers hearing or seeing any unusual behaviour around the times of these offences is asked to contact police on 101."