Police are appealing for information following the theft of more than 250 lobster creels in a North-east town.
Two incidents of creel thefts have been reported to Police Scotland over the last six weeks.
Between 22 January and 28 January 150 lobster creels valued at a high four-figure sum were stolen from the Great Western Road area of Buckie.
In a separate incident, another theft of 120 creels, also valued at a high four-figure sum, occurred between 16 February and 18 February from the Commercial Road area of the town.
Investigating officer Sergeant Robbie Williams said: “This is quite an unusual crime to have occurred and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone moving creels from these locations between the dates given to get in touch with information.
“The owners are obviously very disappointed to have had these assets stolen. The creels taken from Great Western Road area are hand made by the owner and would obviously be costly and time consuming to replace.
“It is possible that both incidents are linked.
“If anyone has any information regarding these incidents please contact Police Scotland and quote reference number 2524 of 18 February or officer A0445.”
To report information call Police Scotland on 101 or to remain anonymous, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.