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Imitation rifles stolen in £30,000 raid in West Lothian

Airsoft gaming gun
Several imitation rifles, used in Airsoft gaming, were stolen during the raid

Several imitation air rifles have been stolen during a high value theft from a garage in West Lothian.

The guns, used for recreational gaming, were taken in the £30,000 raid at the Pardovan Holdings in Philpstoun between 21:30 on Tuesday and 08:10 on Thursday.

Four motorcycles and riding kit were also stolen.

A police spokesman said: "While the stolen weapons are not real firearms, they are designed to look authentic and may cause fear and alarm."

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The victim has been left devastated and we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area between Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.

"We are carrying out local enquiries to trace the stolen goods and identify those responsible and will check with local second hand and specialist retailers to see if any of these items have been offered.

"While the stolen Airsoft weapons are not real firearms, they are designed to look authentic and may cause fear and alarm if utilised outside a designated Airsoft gaming area."

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