AN APPEAL for information following the theft of over 250 lobster creels from Buckie in two seperate incidents.
The two creel thefts were reported to Police Scotland over the last six weeks.
Between January 22 and 28 150 creels were stolen which was valued at a high four figure sum were stolen from the Great Western Road area of Buckie.
A separate incident with a theft of 120 creels from the Commercial Road area of the town, also valued at more at a high four figure sum, which occurred between February 16 and 18.
Investigating officer Sergeant Robbie Williams said: "This is quite an unusual crime to have occurred and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone moving creels from these locations between the dates given to get in touch with information.
"The owners are obviously very disappointed to have had these assets stolen. The creels taken from Great Western Road area are hand made by the owner and would obviously be costly and time consuming to replace.
"It is possible that both incidents are linked.
"If anyone has any information regarding these incidents please contact Police Scotland and quote reference number 2524 of 18 February or officer A0445."
To report information call Police Scotland on 101 or to remain anonymous, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.