EXTRA patrols are being sent out across Johnstone following a spate of house break-ins and vehicle thefts.

Inspector Jim Cast, based in Johnstone, has said his team of community officers will be out in ‘full force’ following a concerning number of reports over the past few weeks.

The latest incident happened on Saturday at around 8.15pm when a man broke into a home in the town’s Park Road with a weapon while the occupants were inside.

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Fearing they were going to be attacked, they fled out the back door into the garden. 
Officers say nothing appears to have been stolen and they are checking CCTV in a bid to catch the culprit.

In a separate incident, a home in Finch Place was broken into on Sunday at around 6.15pm.

The thief smashed the patio door and ransacked the house, before leaving via the rear door.

Police say items were taken, but are yet to establish specifics.

These incidents come after a suspected thief was tracked down in the town at the end of last month following three separate break-ins in South William Street, Thomson Street and Stirling Drive, where around £3,500 worth of jewellery and cash was snatched.

Inspector Cast said that, while he will be sending out officers, people need to be vigilant.

He said: “We have had a few of these incidents in Johnstone lately and we really want people to keep their eyes peeled.

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“Quite often, people see something strange before an incident takes place. They really must now know there are people about that are busy in Johnstone and report anything suspicious.

“I w ould like to reassure residents we are fully aware of the crimes and we will be out in full force over the next few weeks.”

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