A stolen 4×4 dumped on a residential street and a missing car are both believed to be linked to a break in at a commercial premises in Aberdeen today.
Officers are investigating a break-in at a building on Denmore Road in the Murcar Industrial Estate this morning between 4.30am and 6.30am.
A red VW golf, believed to be involved in the incident, is still being hunted by officers.
Eyewitnesses have told officers that the vehicle has collision damage and, when it was last seen, had no rear licence plates.
And a Mitsubishi Shogun, stolen from the Charlotte Street area of Peterhead this morning, was found by officers at Glenholme Gardens in Dyce.
A marked police car called to the scene in Dyce was left badly damaged with all windows on the car either completely smashed or heavily damaged.
The officers were not injured.
Detective Inspector David Howieson said: “Officers were called to a report of an abandoned vehicle in Dyce earlier today. We believe this vehicle may have been used in the break in to a commercial premises on Denmore Road in Bridge of Don earlier.
“A second vehicle, the red VW golf, was seen by police in the Glenholme Gardens area but left the area and we subsequently received several calls from members of the public reporting a red VW golf driving erratically in and around Aberdeen.
“We believe the occupants of the VW Golf may be able to assist us with our inquiries into the break in at Denmore Road.
“I can also confirm that a marked police car that initially attended Glenholme Gardens was damaged in a disturbance which involved two officers.
“The two officers were not injured during the disturbance.
“We are asking the public to help by calling us if they saw or have seen the VW Golf today.
“Due to the nature in which it was being driven and reports from the public we know it has collision damage and at the time of the incident had no rear number plates.
“We are also appealing to the public for any information about the break in at Denmore Road.
“We now understand that the Mitsubishi Shogun was stolen from the Charlotte Street area of Peterhead at around 4.30am this morning.
“If anyone recalls seeing this vehicle or has dashcam footage of it being driven from Peterhead to Bridge of Don or from Bridge of Don to Dyce to get in touch.
“Also, if anyone noticed anything unusual in the Denmore Road area in the early hours of this morning I would ask they get in touch as well.
“I’d like to thank the public for their assistance and patience so far.
“Glenhome Gardens remains partially closed for the moment but we hope to reopen that later today.
“There will also be a police presence in Denmore Road for the time being as well.
“Any information, no matter how small, could help us progress our inquiries forward and I would urge anyone who may have details to call us as soon as possible.”