A Ballater man has urged residents of rural communities to lock their doors at night, after his keys were taken from his home and his car stolen.
Kieran Scott, 21, was left stunned on Friday morning finding his white Ford Fiesta missing, as well as his dad’s wallet, phone, and his mum’s purse.
“I don’t believe it actually happened,” said Kieran. “I’d been at the pub, and then I came home and went straight to bed - you just don’t expect to have your car missing when you wake up.”
The Fiesta, with the registration: SVG YOG, was taken between 1am and 1:30am - Kieran’s dad, Scott, went to sleep at 1am, and their neighbour arrived home at 1:30am, who noticed the Fiesta was missing.
“The front door was left open for me to come home,” explained Kieran, “because Ballater’s one of those places where everyone knows everyone.
“But people need to keep their doors locked. They’re so brave, and they’ll probably come back here.
“My car was stolen on Black Friday, when more police would have been diverted near the city centre - Banchory and beyond.”
The Fiesta was Kieran’s first car, which he used to get to his job as a lifeguard.
He added: “I’d just question what satisfaction they’ve gotten from this. What if they’d stolen a doctor’s car, or a fireman’s car, what if my girlfriend had been pregnant and had gone into labour and I’d needed to drive her to the hospital?”
Later, at around 5am, a red/orange Land Rover (PIW 8497) and a silver Volkswagen Passat (AF10 TUJ) were stolen from the Main Street area of Newburgh.
PC Lauren Tate, of the Ellon Community Policing Team, said: “Enquiries have established that a white Ford Focus was seen to drop off two men near Main Street at the time of the later thefts. We ask that any members of the public who may have seen this vehicle, or have any information on any of the thefts, come forward and contact police.
“I would also like to remind people to ensure that their homes and vehicles are locked and secure at night, even if you are home.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.