Appeal following thefts from honesty boxes

Crathes Castle was targeted on August 20.
Crathes Castle was targeted on August 20.

Police are appealing for information following a series of thefts involving honesty boxes in Aberdeenshire.

Five incidents have occurred since mid-July at Fyvie Castle, Leith Hall and Crathes Castle where honesty boxes and/or their contents, have been stolen.

Two incidents have been reported at Fyvie which took place on July 11 and 30, two at Leith Hall with the first incident occurring between August 9-19 and the second taking place on August 20 and one at Crathes, also on August 20.

All have occurred overnight and the total amount of money taken is in the region of a low three-figure sum.

Investigating officer Sergeant Keith Greig said: “If anyone recalls seeing any suspicious activity at these locations on these dates I would ask that they call in with information.

“I would also advise anyone using an honesty box scheme to sell local produce or collect money for charity to be aware that opportunist thieves have been operating and to take suitable preventative measures such as removing money from such boxes each night.”