A SHOP in Dunfermline's Woodmill Road has been broken into four times in less than two months.

Police are appealing for information after another raid at the RS McColl's store in the early hours of Monday morning.

The other break-ins took place on Saturday December 22, Monday January 14 and Friday January 25, all between 1.20am and 2.10am.

Alcohol, e-cigarette products and confectionery, collectively worth a three-figure sum, were stolen and police said three male youths, aged around 16 years old and wearing backpacks, were seen leaving the scene of the first break-in.

The RS McColl's store sits on the junction of Woodmill Road and Blacklaw Road, it only opened in September as part of a new precinct of shops, which includes Papa John's Pizza. 

The manager of the store told the Press that the shop-lifters had used a crow bar to get in to the premises and he thought the suspects may be locals. 

Detective Sergeant Christopher Dow, of Dunfermline CID, said: “Our enquiries so far have established that it is highly likely that the same three youths are responsible for all four break-ins.

"As part of the investigation, we are urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area, or who has information which could be relevant, to get in touch as soon as possible.

"We are committed to helping to keep business premises safe and will continue to work closely with staff. There have been, and will continue to be, additional high visibility patrols in this area."

One of the youths was wearing a grey hooded top, a dark bomber jacket, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes and dark trainers.

The second male was wearing a navy blue parka jacket with a fur-lined hood, black jogging bottoms and dark-coloured trainers.

And the third youth was wearing a distinctive hooded jacket with a red lining and had dark hair with a long fringe.

Anyone who has information which may be relevant can contact Dunfermline CID on 101, quoting incident 0235 of 11th February, or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.