A THIEF made off with hundreds of pounds worth of equipment in Cumnock.

He was spotted making his escape, though, after breaking into a shed at a property in Barrhill Road.

As a result, police have been able to issue a detailed description which they hope will help with the ongoing investigation.

It happened just after 2.30pm on November 19, when entry was forced into an outbuilding and power and hand tools, thought to be worth £400-£500, were stolen.

The man was white European, in his mid to late 30s, 5ft 7in, slim built and wearing a bright blue tracksuit, a black beanie hat and had facial stubble.

Anyone who has any information is urged to contact PC Adams, U613 at Cumnock Police Station, and quote incident 214419/11.

Meanwhile Safer Communities Officer, PC Craig Marshall, is repeating his warning to residents about shed security.

He said: “Criminals don’t take a winter break. Sheds and garages are targeted on a constant basis.

“Take simple steps to secure outbuildings, such as fitting a tamper-proof padlock to the door, fitted with dome headed or non-returnable screws

“Secure windows and don’t give intruders the opportunity to see inside. Depending on the type of window, you could consider fitting internal window grills, heavy wire mesh or reinforced glass.

“You could also use curtains or opaque film. If the window opens, a window lock should be fitted.”

Victims of crime can be any age and one youngster was left distraught after her favourite bike was stolen from the porch of her house.

The pink and white child’s bike was taken from a property in Richmond Terrace, Cumnock, between 1am and 7pm on November 19.

Has the bike appeared in your street? Any information should be passed to PC O’Pray at Cumnock, quoting incident 335219/11.