THIEVES stole power tools during a burglary in Cirencester.

The offenders used a vehicle to force open gates at Cotswold Estates and Gardening in Baunton in the early hours of Friday (January 24).

They then made off with a selection of tools including stone cutters, chain saws, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers.

It's believed the thieves stole a total of 26 machines worth over £8,000. 

Police were informed of this incident just before 12.40am and was one of three reported in the Cirencester area overnight on Thursday, January 23.

In the other two - one in Quenington and one in Stroud Road - the offenders were disturbed trying to gain entry to properties where tools were stored.

The latest incident happened in the early hours of this morning in Berkeley where thieves used a vehicle to force open a set of metal doors at TCS Country Supplies after cutting a padlock to get into the site.

Once inside they stole a number of Stihl chainsaws and leaf blowers as well as other tools.

Police were called just before 2.20am after an alarm was activated but despite a search of the area the offenders were not located.

Officers are considering links between all four incidents and have warned businesses with similar assets to review their security.

They would also like members of the public to report any suspicious activity or vehicles, either in connection with these or future incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incidents 34 of 29 January, 516 of 23 January, 3 and 13 of 24 January.