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By Abbey Morton
Dumfries and West

A LORRY found ablaze on the A76 has been linked to a £280k alcohol theft in Cumnock.

Police officers in Kilmarnock are conducting enquiries and appealing for information following a break-in at Caledonian Bottlers on Saturday evening.

It is believed that three HGV tractor/trailer units then attended ij the early hours of Monday morning and stole a quantity of pallets containing Blue WKD.

At 11.45 pm on Monday, one of the vehicles containing pallets of the stolen goods was discovered on fire between Mennock and Enterkinfoot.

Detective Constable Hugh Dempster at Kilmarnock Police Office said:

“I would like to speak to anyone who has any information on the actual break-in at Caledonian Bottlers or anyone who may have seen a convoy of three HGV vehicles leaving the premises.

“I’d also ask any drivers who were travelling on the A76 towards Mennock, late on Monday evening, to check their dash cam footage as they may have captured one or more of the stolen vehicles.

“Anyone who is offered ‘Blue WKD’ alcohol at a much discounted price is also asked to contact police immediately as this may be the stolen alcohol.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Kilmarnock on telephone number 101 quoting incident number 1765 of 20 September 2021.

Alternatively calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

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