Third hit on petrol station

Police are investigating an incident at Winchburgh petrol station.
Police are investigating an incident at Winchburgh petrol station.

A robbery spree spanning Edinburgh to West Lothian, including the theft of vehicles, and break-ins has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The group were noticed trying to break in around 3am on Friday, June 20 by a passer by who alerted police.

On this occasion the thieves made off in a silver Mercedes AGM with a three-figure sum of cash and several hundred pounds worth of cigarettes removed from the shop.

A short time later that same morning The West Port Express Chinese takeaway and the Four in One takeaway in the West Port area of the town were also broken into.

Substantial damage was caused to both premises along with sums of money stolen.

Detectives believe the same individuals are involved in each of these crimes and are conducting various lines of enquiry to trace them.

Anyone who can assist with these enquiries is asked to come forward.

The first suspect is described as wearing a dark-coloured hooded Adidas top with light blue stripes on the sleeves and a blue band across the chest, dark trousers, trainers and gloves.

The second suspect is described as wearing a dark hooded top, blue gloves, dark trousers and black and white trainers.

The third suspect is described as wearing a dark grey hooded-top, light grey jogging bottoms and black and white trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gachagan said: “In a relatively short time, we believe these males have travelled from Midlothian where they stole a vehicle before travelling into West Lothian where they committed a number of break-ins, causing significant damage to various premises in the process.

“I would urge that any members of the public who were in Winchburgh or Linlithgow in the early hours of last Friday and remember seeing anything suspicious to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who may recognise the description of the suspects clothing should also get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.