POLICE are requesting help from local businesses after a spate of retail thefts across West Lothian.
Since January, various convenience stores, filling stations and newsagents have been targeted with around £340,000 worth of cigarettes taken.
Inquiries revealed a group from the North of England were linked to many of these thefts and a number of individuals have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
But police still want to track down other suspects and officers are asking management and staff at any hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and other accommodation services in West Lothian to get in touch if they remember seeing any suspicious groups of people checking in.
Inspector Alistair Hutchens said: “Our inquiries have already resulted in several people being reported to the Procurator Fiscal. However, we believe there are more individuals involved and those who work in the hotel and accommodation trade may have vital information that can help bring these people to justice.
“Staff and management should be wary of men from the North East of England booking rooms in groups of two or three. These men may state that they are in the area temporarily to work late evening shifts and pay in cash.
“Police, security firms and various businesses across West Lothian have all been working together to share information and deter further crimes like this happening and I am delighted by the level of co-operation demonstrated by everyone concerned.”
Contact Linlithgow Police Station on 01506 843235 if you have any information.