Handbag thief thwarted by his victim

Linlithgow High Street - may introduce CCTV by the end of the year.'Pic 30th June'Story Wood
Linlithgow High Street - may introduce CCTV by the end of the year.'Pic 30th June'Story Wood
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A petty crime wave hit Linlithgow last weekend with one woman targeted on the High Street.

Around 7.30pm last Friday, the woman was leaving a building via a stairway, when a man grabbed her and demanded she hand over her bag.

The woman refused and the suspect made off empty-handed towards Linlithgow Loch. The suspect was described as white, average height, in his mid twenties and spoke with a local accent.

On Monday, there were two break-ins at homes in Linlithgow. At around 2.10am, a property in Belsyde Court was broken into, but nothing was taken as the intruder was disturbed by the resident.

A similar incident was then reported at an address in Avonmill Road, between 11.30am on Sunday and 6.45am on Monday. Several electrical items and a small sum of cash was taken and police officers are investigating whether the crimes are linked, and urged anyone with information to contact police immediately.

Police were also alerted after gardening equipment was stolen from a garden shed at Kettilstoun Mains at the end of last week. A lawnmower, strimmer and hedge trimmer were all taken between 10.30pm on Thursday, May 30, and 8.15am on Friday, May 31.

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious relating to these incidents, or who can assist police with any of their enquiries, should contact Police Scotland on 101.