POLICE are hunting a gang of men believed to be behind a string of thefts and robberies carried out in a matter of hours.
The crimewave started at 1.10am this morning when a property in Arthur View, Danderhall, was broken into and the keys to a grey BMW and a silver Volkswagon polo were taken from inside.
The BMW was subsequently stolen from outside and enquiries are continuing to trace the vehicle.
Then at 2.30am a member of the public reported seeing four or five men attempting to break into the Co-op Store on Church Road, Danderhall.
They were unable to get inside the store but caused “significant” damage to the shutters before giving up.
Police were then called to the Murco filling station in Winchburgh at around 3am after a group of males were seen breaking in. Those responsible then made off in a Silver Mercedes AGM Sport car with a three-figure sum of cash and cigarettes worth several hundred pounds.
A short time later, two takeaway restaurants in West Port, Linlithgow were both entered and cash was stolen from inside.
Detectives believe the same individuals are involved in each of these crimes and have asked anyone with information 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.
There are no further descriptions of any other suspects. However, all of the males had their hoods up during the offences.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gachagan said: “In a relatively short time, we believes these males have travelled from Midlothian and into West Lothian, committing a number of break-ins and causing significant damage to various premises in the process.
“I would urge that any members of the public who were in Danderhall, Winchburgh or Linlithgow in the early hours of Friday morning and remember seeing anything suspicious contact police immediately.
“Similarly, anyone recognises the description of the suspects should also get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.