Police appeal for witnesses after spate of thefts in north east Fife

Community Sergeant Ewan Pearce is urging vigilance over the festive season
Community Sergeant Ewan Pearce is urging vigilance over the festive season

Police in north east Fife are appealing for witnesses and issuing a security warning to the public following a number of break-ins and thefts in the region over the past month.

The first happened on November 24, when a green Land Rover Discovery was stolen from Ballantager Farm near Letham.

On December 18, a red Isuzu Trooper was taken from Lappie Farm, near Gateside, and on the same day a black Mitsubishi L200 was stolen from the Howe Equestrian Centre in Ladybank.

Local officers in Freuchie have also been investigating a number of break-ins to outbuildings in the area.

Sometime between December 14 and 15, a shed in Church Street was entered and a Kawasaki moto-cross bike was stolen along with two pairs of moto-cross boots and a bike stand.

A separate incident was then was reported on December 14 after a toolbox and various tools were stolen from a garage in Princes Street. Another garage in Princess Crescent was also broken into sometime between December 13 and 16, though on this occasion nothing appears to have been taken.

Power tools were then reported stolen in Cupar after a Ford Transit van, which was parked in Kinloss Park, was entered between December 18 and 19 and the items were removed.

In addition, two Ivor Williams trailers were stolen from the Prestonhall Industrial Estate in Cupar and Freuchie Mill, Freuchie, between December 20 and 21.

Community Sergeant Ewan Pearce from Cupar Police Station said: “We continue to investigate all of these incidents and anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the areas where they occurred, or who has information relevant to our inquiries, is asked to come forward.

“All residents within north east Fife should remain vigilant, particularly over the festive period, and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“To ensure you or your property is not an easy target for criminals make sure your home is always appropriately secured with windows and doors kept locked. Remember that sheds and garages are extensions of your home and should also be given consideration as to their security.

“Car and van owners should ensure they lock their vehicle, remove, or store out of sight, all items of value and take keys out of the ignition barrel when leaving them unattended. “More information on crime prevention can be obtained from our website at www.scotland.police.uk.”

Anyone with information on any of these offences can contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous call to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.