Sgt Graham Erskine was the police rep at the Suburban CC meeting on Tuesday night and he had good news for the usual suspects and members of the public attending the meeting. He said:
“The major criminal issue in Nairn was theft by house-breaking and theft of cars which we have been experiencing recently and has been attributed to one suspect who is highly active in our area. – splash and splinter type entry to unoccupied houses and if there is cash, jewellery and a car to steal then so much the better. I’m pleased to report he’s in police custody now. I don’t think I’m being over optimistic in expecting that type of crime to seriously diminish whilst he’s not at liberty.”
Sgt Erskine went on to say that a comprehensive police report would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal. He also reported an increase of 101 calls to the police concerning suspicious individuals or vehicles to and attributed that to awareness of that facility being discussed at community council meetings.
Sgt Erskine said that he thought that the recent incident at the Scotmid Co-op at Lochloy Road (Gurn report here) was a “stand alone” crime even though it was in close proximity to the Bridgemill car wash machines that were broken into. He went on to say that there was a suspect identified for the coin box raids at the car wash, he said: “at the same time the Nairn machines were done there were a number of machines that were similarly broken into in Morayshire. Quite a large number, six or seven of them, Forres, Elgin, Fochabers, basically in a long line along the A96. There was a suspect identified in Morayshire.” He then indicated that investigations were still continuing into those crimes.