Thieves in Dundee stole thousands of pounds worth of power tools in raids on the new Regional Performance Centre for Sport at Caird Park and a city ironmongers.
Police say the thefts, which occurred overnight on Tuesday, are likely to be linked and the perpetrators may be trying to sell the goods themselves.
The raiders broken into Tayside Ironmongery in the Old Glamis Road Industrial Estate around 10.35pm on Tuesday.
They made off with cash and power tools including two Makita DTD522 impact drivers, two Makita BL1850 batteries, a Makita DC18RC battery charger, and a Makita power tool kit box.
Raiders then targeted the Regional Performance Centre for Sport currently under construction in Caird Park.
The break-in occurred between 5pm on Tuesday and 7.40am the following day.
A number of power tools were stolen.
These were a Spit Pulsar nail gun, three Makita Impact Guns, six Makita batteries, a Dewalt Laser, a Makita battery charger, a Makita Drywall Gun, and a Makita Rip Snorter circular saw.
A spokesman for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “All of the stolen property is still outstanding, and may already have been offered for sale in the city.
“Given the relatively close proximity of both locations and the similarity in the two crimes, particularly in the items stolen, we believe the two incidents may well be linked.
“Officers would like to trace two men who were seen near to the first location at the relevant time.
“The first is described as slim build, wearing a grey tammy, navy jacket, dark jeans, black gloves and white trainers. The second is also of slim build, wearing a brown tammy, dark hooded top, grey gloves and grey jogging bottoms.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident and we would appeal for anyone with any information to contact Police Scotland.”
Alex Sievewright from Tayside Ironmongery said the thieves had kicked down the door to their premises to gain access.
But he said it was business as normal for the company, despite the thefts.
Mr Sievewright said: “It’s a bit of a downer for staff but it’s not really affecting business.
“There was a bit of damage to the door where they kicked it in but we are getting that repaired.
“We only moved up here a year ago and this is the first time something like this has happened.”
Anyone with information that could assist police with their inquiries should contact them on 101, quoting CR/593/19 or speak to any police officer.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.