POLICE are appealing for information following thefts of garden equipment from a number of addresses in the Buckie area.
The thefts occurred overnight between 5pm on Tuesday, April 15, and 7.30am on Wednesday, April 16, in and around Buckpool.
A total of 100 rolls of turf and various tools, including saws and drills, were stolen. The total value of the items is described by police as being "a low four-figure sum".
Investigating officer, PC Steve Borzoni, said: "I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen an older-style white Mercedes Sprinter van in the vicinity around the time of the thefts.
"I would also appeal to anyone who has been offered turf for sale, and who thinks it may be related to this theft, to get in touch with us.
"Now that we are into spring, I would advise individual gardeners and businesses to ensure that tools and landscaping materials are stored securely after they finish using them for the day.
"Please also be vigilant to any people taking an unusual interest in your gardens, building sites, or sheds and contact the police if you see anything suspicious."
If you have any information about this theft contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.