Masked thieves who broke into a North-east vehicle-hire firm and stole a caravan have been caught on camera.
CCTV footage captured the moment two men arrived at GWT Plant Hire in Rickarton, cut through a padlock and fled with the caravan, which was towed by a car on the A957 towards Stonehaven.
It happened between 7pm and 7.30pm on Saturday – and staff from the company missed the theft by a matter of minutes.
The company’s secretary Sarah Taylor said: “I am angry and quite sad that someone would target us in this way.
“We had been at the Echt Show and arrived back just before 8pm and noticed straight away that the gate was open and the padlock had been broken.
“We checked the cameras and saw these masked men.
“They looked like they knew what they were doing, as they had their heads covered and were wearing gloves.”
The firm, which hires out vehicles such as ride-on lawn mowers, alerted Police Scotland and made an appeal for help on Facebook.
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Footage shows one man climb over the gate while his accomplice uses bolt cutters to break the lock.
The pair then get into the vehicle, drive into the yard, and leave with the caravan attached to the car.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that officers are investigating the theft of a double-axle white ‘Hobby’ caravan, worth a low five-figure sum, from a commercial premises at Rickarton, Stonehaven.”
Pc Mike Urquhart, from the Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team, said: “I would appeal to anyone with information in connection with this theft to get in touch as soon as possible as our enquiries continue.
“In particular, I would appeal to any motorists with dash-cam footage who travelled on the Slug Road (A957) between 7pm and 7.30pm that evening to contact us.
“We believe a grey car was used to transport the caravan from the site, and would ask that anyone who noticed these vehicles to let us know.
“Contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.”