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Criminal gang targets trio of care homes; series of break-ins in Inverness, Daviot and Kingussie

By Andrew Dixon

Detectives are carrying out enquiries after three care homes were broken in to.

Officers believe the incidents are linked and the same people are responsible.

Four men gained access to the Isobel Fraser Care Home in Mayfield Road, Inverness at around 10.30pm on Friday. They were dressed in dark-coloured clothing and they broke in through a window and stole cash and items belonging to the residents of the care home.

Police received a report that Meallmore Lodge in Daviot had been broken in to at around 12.40am on Saturday. Items and money belonging to the residents were stolen.

A third break-in occurred at the Wade Centre in Spey Street, Kingussie at 3am on Saturday. Two men, dressed in dark-coloured clothing, were spotted near the premises. Items belonging to the residents and money were stolen.

A police spokesman said: "No-one was injured in any of the incidents, however, items of great sentimental value have been stolen and for many people, these items are irreplaceable.

"From enquiries carried out so far, officers have identified that a blue coloured Audi car was seen in the area. Officers are appealing for anyone who was driving in the areas targeted or the A9, between Inverness and Kingussie during this period is asked to check their dash cams as they may have captured footage which could assist the investigation."

Detective Constable Graham Gordon said: “It’s imperative we trace the people responsible for these crimes. We will continue to review CCTV footage from the premises for any additional information which could assist our investigation.

“To steal precious jewellery and items from elderly people, with no thought for the impact it will have on them, is sickening. Many of these items will have been in their possession for several years, perhaps belonging to their loved ones who are no longer here. Clearly, those responsible only care for themselves and whatever they can get. Although, I’m sure if it was their mother, father or grandparents, they would think differently.

“I am appealing to members of the public for any information regarding these incidents or anyone who has information on those responsible to please contact us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number NN/1859/20 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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