POLICE are warning dog owners in Caithness to be vigilant after unconfirmed reports of thefts in the county this week.
A warning was circulating on social networking site Facebook through the week that two men in a white transit van were stealing dogs from gardens.
Allegedly the men are using food to lure them or Staffordshire Bull terriers to chase the animals into the back of the van.
The warning which was being passed around Caithness social networkers could not be verified by Northern Constabulary.
The message also suggested that scrap metal was being taken and that the men had visited people around the county offering to sell beds or mattresses.
Police sergeant John Johnston warned the public to be vigilant just in case the message was not a hoax.
“If you are going to let your dog out into the garden, keep an eye on it and if you have scrap material keep it secure,” he said.
“If you do see any suspicious activity then let us know to see if we can track these guys down.”
Police can be contacted on 01955 603551 or 01847 893222. Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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