Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012 at 4:48pm

Supermarket break-ins in Meadowbank

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following two break-ins at supermarkets in the East of Edinburgh.

The first incident happened in the very early hours of Wednesday 26 December 2012 at the Sainsbury’s store in the Meadowbank Retail Park.

Those responsible entered the store via the roof before making off with £3,000 worth of cigarettes.

A short time later, at around 3.30am, the Morrisons supermarket in Piersfield Terrace was also entered by its roof. However, on this occasion nothing was stolen.

Police are now investigating whether these incidents are linked and are urging businesses to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place to deter would-be thieves.

Sergeant Laura Brunton said: “In both incidents, the suspects climbed onto the supermarkets’ flat roofs and broke in.

“Officers believe that those who carried out these break-ins would have had to be carrying large holdalls for their equipment and to carry the stolen items.

“As such, anyone who remembers seeing anyone with a holdall acting suspiciously around either of these stores on Wednesday morning is asked to contact police immediately.

“We will be engaging with local businesses to offer a range of crime prevention advice and guidance on the steps, which can be taken to protect your premises from criminals.

“A number of measures including anti-climb paint, CCTV and security alarms are readily available and companies are strongly advised to have these installed if not already in place.

“Other simple steps, such as ensuring rooftop areas are not easily accessible and keeping high-value items suitably locked away will help make your premises an unattractive target for criminals.

“Anyone looking for more advice on crime prevention can contact their local policing team or visit the Lothian and Borders Police website at www.lbp.police.uk.”

Those with information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

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