Police appeal after three Ford Fiestas stolen overnight in East Lothian

Police are treating the thefts as linked.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 1:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 7:15 pm

Police are appealing for information after three Ford Fiestas were stolen in Tranent and Musselburgh.

Officers believe the thefts took place overnight between Sunday, January 19th and Monday, January 20th.

Stolen Car Details

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The grey Fiesta which was stolen in Musselburgh. Pic: Edinburgh Crime and Breaking Incidents Facebook.

A red Ford Fiesta (SJ17 BLC) was last seen on Faside Crescent, Tranent, at about 8pm on Sunday.

A grey Ford Fiesta (SG16 UVV) was last seen in the Campie Road area of Musselburgh at about 6.30pm.

The final car, a blue Ford Fiesta (HX16 CTZ), was parked in West Holmes Gardens, Musselburgh, at about 2pm on Sunday.

One potential lead is that the owner of the car stolen from West Holmes Gardens believes they saw flashing orange lights outside their home at around 11pm on Sunday night.

'Shocked'

Ashleigh Bishop was among those who had their car stolen on Sunday.

Speaking to the Evening News, she said that an organised gang likely took the vehicle along with the blue Fiesta in a neighouring street.

The 27-year-old teacher, who lives in Musselburgh but works in Edinburgh, said: "One of my neighbours heard two cars leaving one after the other, at about 11pm on Sunday.

"It was literally parked outside my house, a couple of cars down. My boyfriend was awake and I was in bed. My neighbours told me they heard a couple of cars moving off in quick succession.

"But no alarms went off so they obviously knew what they were doing.

"I was in shock yesterday when I found out, and I'm just angry today."

Ashleigh had only started driving the car six months ago after getting it through Arnold Clark on finance.

Police Appeal

Detective Sergeant Gavin Morrison, from Musselburgh CID, said: “We’re appealing for anyone with information about these thefts, which we believe to be linked, to come forward.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries in the areas and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or people with CCTV footage near the streets in question, which may assist us in tracing the cars.

“At this time, I’d also want to advise other Ford owners in the area to take extra care securing your vehicles and to ensure you remain vigilant over the coming days.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting incidents 0420, 0460 and 0763 of 20 January. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.