Sep 21 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Wednesday
DESPERATE thieves made off with a portable toilet during a raid at a yard on the outskirts of Stirling late last week.
And Central Scotland Police have issued an urgent appeal for information in a bid to flush out the culprits.
PC Mark Harvey said crooks, who also pilfered a large storage unit, forced their way into a base used by Stirling Council’s roads department off the A81 at Dumgoyne, sometime between Monday and Thursday, September 12 and 15.
It is believed a mobile crane would have been required to shift the bulky items at the centre of the search.
The combined value of both the Portaloo cabin and the white Sibcas hut, which contained office supplies, was described as a “four-figure sum” by the local constabulary.
PC Harvey explained: “A large vehicle would have been required to lift these items and, although in a quiet area, we feel certain that people would have seen them being removed.
“The site is adjacent to the local Post Office, and near to the Beech Tree Inn which, would both have had customers coming and going throughout the period we believe the theft was carried-out.
“Also, the A81 is also a relatively busy road. We’re asking to people to contact us if they’ve seen anything suspicious.”
The officer described the storage unit as 20x10x8ft and white in colour, with blue legs and steel shutters on the doors and windows.
Central Scotland Police can be contacted on 01786 456000, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.