POLICE have issued a warning and are appealing for witnesses after heating oil was stolen in two separate incidents.
The first theft happened between December 20 and 22 when 250 litres of Kerosine fuel was drained from a storage tank at Brownrigg Cottages in North Berwick, East Lothian.
Between Christmas Day and December 28, a second fuel theft was reported at an address in Main Street, East Saltoun.
Around 300 litres of fuel was drained from a storage tank at the rear of the property, leaving the tank completely empty.
The total value of fuel stolen during both of these incidents was over £700.
Police said they believed isolated rural properties made attractive targets for fuel thieves and are urging any homeowners with outdoor fuel tanks to take precautions to safeguard their heating oil.
Inspector Simon Broadhurst said: “Outdoor fuel tanks are potentially vulnerable if the appropriate security measures are not in place around them.
“Local officers across Midlothian and East Lothian will engage with rural homeowners and businesses and offer crime prevention advice.
“Installing anti-theft locks and grills as well as alarms can help protect your property against crime.
“If and when possible, the use of CCTV cameras may also be prudent.”