Police charge five men with major crimes across the North East

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Five men have been charged by police in connection with various serious crimes across the North East division in recent weeks.

A 19 year-old male from Aberdeen was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Thursday, April 7, in relation to a theft by housebreaking at a rural property in Maud on Wednesday, March 23 during which two quad bikes worth £8,000 were taken. He was also charged with disqualified driving and various other road traffic offences. The auad bikes have not yet been recovered, and Police enquiries are ongoing.

Two more males from Aberdeen, aged 23 and 24, have also appeared in court in relation to a spate of attempted break-ins in the Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater areas on Tuesday, April 6.

A 39 year-old male from Liverpool was also expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Thursday in relation to the recent break-in at the Keystores shop in Alford’s Main Street on Monday, April 4 when a five-figure sum of money and cigarettes were taken.

A fifth male, a 24 year-old from Aberdeen, is also expected to appear from custody today (Friday) charged with the theft of a motor car linked to the crime. During the ongoing Police investigation, a stolen motor car and a three figure sum of money have so far been recovered.

Detective Sergeant John Snedden said: “I would like to thank the public and media for their assistance with these inquiries.

“Police Scotland is committed to actively targeting people responsible for crimes which blight our communities, and the public can be rest assured that serious crime will not be tolerated in the areas they live.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge the public to remain vigilant when it comes to their valuables. Please always ensure that your vehicles, homes and outbuildings including garages and sheds are kept secure at all times and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.”

Anyone with information that might help police with investigations, or anyone with concerns relating to other crimes, should contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.