break-ins

Police have launched an investigation following a spate of recent break-ins at council premises across East Dunbartonshire.

A number of community hubs and libraries have been targeted in the past three weeks .

Intruders broke into Milngavie Library in the early hours of Tuesday morning this week, but nothing was stolen.

However, a four figure sum of money was swiped from the cash kiosk at the front desk of the community hub based at Brookwood Library, Bearsden, in the early hours of Monday morning.

Ann Davie, the council’s director of customer services, said: “We assisted the police on Monday and are working with them as their investigation continues.”

The latest break-in comes after a four figure sum of money was stolen from the Kirkintilloch community hub, based in the town’s William Patrick Library. It was targeted in the early hours of Sunday, October 6. A council spokesperson said that a forensic examination would be carried out in the area.

Meanwhile, thieves also targeted Bishopbriggs Library in the early hours of Wednesday, September 10, when a sum of cash was stolen.

The building was closed the following morning, but as there was no significant damage it re-opened later that day.

Inspector Keith Bartlett, Communities Inspector for Police Scotland, said: “We are currently investigating break-ins which occurred to the community hubs within East Dunbartonshire.

“We would be grateful for any information from the public to be passed on to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in confidence or alternatively call 101.