Police believe criminal gangs from the north of England are behind the theft of £340,000 worth of cigarettes from shops in West Lothian.
Newsagents, filling stations and convenience stores have been targeted in a crime spree which is being probed by Lothian and Borders Police.
Officers said a group from the north of England were linked to many of the thefts.
A number of individuals have been reported to the procurator fiscal. Police have now made an appeal to management at hotels and B&Bs to report suspicious groups.