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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Break-in witness appeal

A FRESH appeal for witnesses has been launched after two houses in Dumfries were targeted by thieves last weekend.

Police officers were called to Kirko Place at around 5.30 pm last Friday night.

It is reported that two men – who were wearing masks – broke in and threatened the occupant, before making off with several personal belongings.

The suspects are described as white and of average height and build and were wearing face coverings and dark-coloured hooded tops. One of them was wearing light-coloured trousers.

Police constables were quickly at the scene where they interviewed neighbours and closed off the nearby cycle path.

The force also received reports that a house on Rowan Drive was broken into during late afternoon on the same day.

Detective Sergeant Kirsty Beckett, of Dumfries and Galloway Division, said: “We believe the Rowan Drive incident is linked to a similar break-in that took place on Kirko Place.

“We are urging anyone who noticed any suspicious activity to contact us.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen these males and a black Audi and a black BMW in the area, to please get in touch.

“I would ask any drivers with dash-cam or people with any footage to please check in case it has captured anything relevant.

This is the latest break-in in the town in a short period. A house at nearby Birchwood Way was targeted last month whilst properties at Tinwald Downs Road, Brooms Road and Kingholm Quay also fell victim to thefts.

A police spokesperson stated that whilst there is no evidence to confirm the incidents are linked, there are “similarities” and many resulted in “valuable personal items” being stolen.

They added: “We are appealing for information on four vehicles which we believe are linked to the incidents which are assessed as being similar to a grey Audi RS3 and a black BMV 3 series.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 1538 of 13 April.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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