Police in St Andrews have launched an investigation after thousands of pounds worth of power tools were stolen from Craigtoun Coutry Park sometime between 7.30pm on Tuesday and 7.30am on Wednesday.
The break in was discovered by Fife Council staff who arrived at the park to discover padlocks broken and the doors to storage sheds hauled off their hinges.
Kyffin Roberts from the Friends of Craigtoun volunteer group said the thieves also broke into containers and storage ages where the Friends stored power tools and generators necessary for maintaining the park and providing a range of attractions for visitors.
Kyffin told the Citizen he was shocked by the break-in and appealed for anyone who may have heard or seen anything - or who is offered power tools for sale - to come forward.
“The thieves knew what they were looking for and must’ve come prepared. They cut chains and padlocks and must’ve had a lorry and come in through the Mount Melville road. It’s very disheartening considering that we are volunteers and are doing our best to provide a great service at the park for visitors.”
Iain Barbour, Fife Council’s team leader for parks, streets and open spaces, said the tools stolen from their sheds including strimmers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and chainsaws were valued at around £3500.
Sergeant Pat Turner, of Police Scotand Fife Division, said officers had begun their investigation and spent some time this morning conducting inquiries in the Mount Melville area.
He appealed for anyone with information to call 101 and ask for St Andrews police station.