‘Disturbing’ spate of Broch shop thefts and break ins

There has been five thefts in Fraserburgh town centre over the past month
There has been five thefts in Fraserburgh town centre over the past month

A high four-figure sum of money was stolen from a Fraserburgh newsagents in the latest of a spate of thefts in the town.

Stephens Newsagents, on High Street, was the victim of a theft overnight between Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17.

The shop’s shutters were down throughout the weekend as police carried out their investigation.

The amount, said to be between £7000-£10,000, is the latest in a series of robberies in the Broch.

A Police Scotland spokesperson stressed that the incident is being treated as a theft and not a house break-in.

They could not confirm if there had been a forced entry, but did add that police received a call in the ‘early hours of the 17th’ and added that police are following a positive line of enquiry.

Earlier this month £1000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from R&S Dyga.

That offence happened in the early hours of Monday, October 5th, when three people were filmed on CCTV smashing the front window.

A town centre bakery, Boots and Farmfoods have also been targeted recently.

Mary Melville, the vice-chair of the Fraserburgh & District Safety Group, told the Herald that the spate of break ins are “quite concerning”.

She said: “I hope this is not going to become a recurring thing.”

She suggested a scheme where shop owners bandy together for more CCTV. The safety group have some, but Mary said they don’t have the funds for more.

Community councillor Ronnie McNab said ‘it’s been disturbing’.

Speaking after a community council meeting on Tuesday, October 20, he said: “A police officer made a report at the meeting and said there had been five shops hit in the past month and three people have been apprehended in connection with all five.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or has any knowledge in relation to the crime is asked to contact police on 101.”

Management at Stephens Newsagent were unavailable for comment.