By Emma Hamilton
THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds of cigarettes from the back of a lorry.
The vehicle was making a delivery to the Co-op in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian at around 1.10pm on Sunday.
The driver realised that the back door of the lorry was open and the cigarettes, worth £2500, missing.
A police spokesman said: “It is possible that whoever was responsible had got into the trailer when it stopped at the traffic lights at the crossroads in Lothian Street, before jumping out with the goods on the lorry’s arrival at the Co-op car park.”
Police are looking to trace a man who was seen at the back of the vehicle on its arrival, described as white, with mousy brown hair, medium build, and wearing a high-visibility vest with a long-sleeved blue jumper underneath, and black trousers.
They are also keen to speak to anyone who noticed a silver 4×4 vehicle that may have been following the lorry through Bonnyrigg.
A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the area of the Co-op car park between 1pm and 1.20pm, who noticed any suspicious activity, to contact us immediately. “Similarly, anyone else who has any other information that can assist our inquiries should also get in touch.” Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.