Eight electric bikes have been stolen from a north-east shop.
The incident occurred at the business on Victoria Road in Ballater at around 3.20am on Sunday.
Eight bikes were taken, including seven Merida models and one Cannondale. They are valued at a five-figure sum.
A number of lines of inquiry are currently being investigated, however police officers have appealed for anyone with information on the thefts to get in touch.
Detective constable Ailsa McKain, who is leading the investigation, said: “In particular we want to trace the movements of two transit vans – one blue and one white – which were seen in the Dinnet and Ballater areas around the time in question. I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch, and also ask anyone with dash-cam footage of these areas to let us know.
“In addition if you are offered these bikes for sale please get in touch as soon as possible. Thefts in this particular area – and especially on this scale – are completely unheard of meaning every effort is being made to identify those responsible and recover the bikes.
“Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 0873 of Sep 9.”