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Stonehouse Diesel Theft
Police are investigating theft of diesel from the Lockhart Gardens Barratt building site in Stonehouse.
The theft is believed to have involved around 4500 litres of fuel since the site opened.
Officers were called to the site on March 23 to take a report of a separate incident when they were alerted to the missing diesel.
Inspector Andy Bell from Larkhall Police gave the house builders advice on extra security measures and also said they would put on extra patrols.
Inspector Bell said: “We were made aware of issues regarding ongoing theft of diesel from the Barratt Site when we attended at this location on March 23, 2015, to take initial report of a separate theft.
“It appears the issues regarding diesel had not been reported to us prior to March 23, but had been taking place since the site opened.
“We are continuing enquiries into the theft at the site and due to the ongoing issues, have liaised with the site manager, offering advice on security measures that could be employed to target harden the environment as well as deploying additional patrols in the area through the night where possible.”
Stonehouse, particularly its more rural areas, has been targeted by thieves in recent months.
And it is a problem that is occurring across much of rural South Lanarkshire.
Inspector Bell said: “There have been a number of thefts from rural and farm locations across South Lanarkshire in recent months, many of which have targeted quad bikes.
“We have made a couple of arrests and continue to target those believed to be responsible.
“In addition, we are working with the farm community and have set up a Lanarkshire Rural Group – basically enhancing communication between ourselves and the farming community to reduce the instances of rural crime.”
Anyone with information can contact Larkhall police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.