Lothian and Borders police have arrested 16 people as part of an operation to combat metal and heavy plant equipment theft across Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders.
Operation Adamant was launched following a rise in reports of metal thefts across the region, and police have been carrying out high visibility patrols where material is used and stored over the past fortnight.
A police spokesman said: “The theft of metal causes significant damage to properties and can have massive financial implications.
“This was not a one-off operation and Lothian and Borders Police will continue to work alongside our communities to ensure businesses and local residents are equipped with all the necessary information to prevent metal thefts in their area.
“Anyone who is identified as making a financial gain through the theft of metal or plant equipment will be robustly dealt with.”
All of those arrested in connection with the alleged metal thefts have appeared at court.