Police Scotland are appealing for information about a theft from refrigeration equipment servicing company, Network Refrigeration, in Balintore, Ross-shire.
A large amount of copper wiring was stolen from the Highlands-based firm, with thieves breaking into the compound on Balintore Industrial Estate between 6pm on 22 January to 11pm on 23 January.
Network Refrigeration estimates the wiring is worth around £1,000.
Sam Summersbee, senior partner of Network Refrigeration, told local news outlet, The Press and Journal: “We don’t usually get things like this happening in a quiet, sleepy village called Balintore. Everybody knows everybody and if there are any strangers about it is soon flagged.
“We got it on camera, but that has been lost – that is the annoying thing. It was 8.30pm at night, which really surprised me.”
Summersbee said that the theft had gone unnoticed by workers arriving at 7am, such was the minimal disruption to the yard.
He added: “It all happened very quickly. I suspect whoever did it must have been up here a few times when we have not been here and cased the joint. It was so quick and so rapid, from what we got on camera, that one minute there was a van that had pulled up and the next it was gone.”
Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Police on 101 or via the Police Scotland website quoting incident 1681 of 25 January 2021 as their reference.