A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged following a spate of housebreakings in Dunfermline and Rosyth.

Between January 31 and February 24, six properties in Wayfarers Drive, Dover Park, Peasehill Road, Peasehill Gait, Blackwood Way and Grampian Court were all broken into and various items of property were stolen from within.

A seventh address in Caltrop Place, Stirling was also targeted between Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February and inquiries by officers in Fife confirmed this incident was linked to the Dunfermline and Rosyth offences.

Following an investigation by Dunfermline CID, a 17-year-old male was subsequently arrested and charged and will appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, March 15 (today).

Detective Constable Conrad Musgrave from Dunfermline CID said: "We treat all reports of housebreaking with the utmost seriousness and will use all resources at our disposal to identify those responsible for crimes of this nature and bring them to justice.

"The public have a really important part to play in preventing housebreakings by ensuring they have appropriate security measures in place around their homes, outbuildings or commercial properties.

"In addition, we would urge our communities to remain vigilant for suspicious activity around the properties of family, friends and neighbours and report any concerns they have to police.

"A range of useful crime prevention advice can be found on our website at www.scotland.police.uk."