North-east family left ‘devastated’ following theft of caravans at storage site

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Thieves have stolen three caravans worth around £10,000 from a storage facility.

The caravans were taken from Belskavie Farm, near Drumoak, between July 11 and yesterday.

A cream Swift Challenger was taken, as well as an Avondale Dart, though the latter was recovered nearby.

Andrea Paterson’s cream Bailey Ranger 550 6 was also stolen.

The 42-year-old was devastated when she discovered it had been taken.

She said: “It is stored at a dedicated farm for caravans and I spoke to the owners and there is no CCTV.

“It can’t have been taken at night-time because they have lasers and an alarm would have gone off.

“All the caravan owners have a key to get in and the padlock is intact.

“It might be that they have come in behind someone else.”

Andrea, of Holburn Street, said: “My daughter, Jessica, is devastated. It has some of her toys in it.

“We bought it last year and she just loves going out in it.

“We are going to have to buy a new camping stove and sleeping bags.”


Detective Constable Eddie Casey of Police Scotland said: “A vehicle would have to have been used to steal these caravans and we are urging anyone with information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in the Drumoak area around the dates given to contact police on 101 quoting CF0214900717.”

He added: “We would urge owners to be vigilant and mindful that caravans have been targeted and to ensure they are kept as secure as possible.”

The theft comes after Sarah and Graham Taylor had a Hobby caravan worth around £2,000 stolen from GWT Plant Hire in Rickarton, near Stonehaven.

The couple, who run the company, released CCTV images of two masked men using bolt cutters to cut through a padlock and steal the caravan.

It was discovered that the two men had stalked them for two nights before stealing the caravan.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said inquiries into the incident were ongoing.

Anyone with information about either of the thefts can contact officers on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

A spokeswoman for Belskavie said: “Belskavie Caravan Storage is currently assisting Police Scotland with inquiries.

“Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”