A WEE COUNTY church was robbed last week after thieves broke in and stole a safe.

Police were called to St James Parish Church in Dollar last Wednesday morning when it was discovered that the safe had been taken overnight.

The perpetrators managed to take the church’s safe and moved it by using a “large industrial wheelie bin”, before discarding it on a nearby old train track on Haugh Road, Tillicoultry.

It is thought the theft would have occurred between the hours on 5pm on Tuesday, November 26, and 7.45am the following morning.

Entry was forced to the church and an adjoining shed

A spokesperson for the church said: “If anyone has any information relating to this crime or may have CCTV that has captured the incident or the journey between the theft and finding the safe please contact Police Scotland.

“Can we ask dog walkers and others using that path to be vigilant, and if you find anything, either let us know on 01259 742 494 or Alloa police.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious, or if by chance anyone has any video footage that might be revealing, could they let the police know.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers in Alloa were called to reports of a break-in at St James Church in Dollar around 7.55am on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

"Items from within the church were stolen in the incident which happened at some point between the evening of Tuesday, November 26, 2019 and 7.55am on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 0539 of Wednesday, November 27, 2019."