TWO men will appear in court today over alleged housebreakings in Ayr and Prestwick.

Police arrested the pair after identifying them yesterday morning, October 1.

The men have been charged with 15 separate crimes where over 140 items were reportedly stolen from homes and commercial property.

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, Area Commander at South Ayrshire Police described the acts as "despicable", meanwhile the men appear at Ayr Sheriff Court today.

He said: "Housebreaking is a despicable crime that has a profound impact on victims.

"Local officers have been carrying out enquiries to trace those responsible and today’s action demonstrates that we will do all we can to identify and arrest those allegedly involved in such crimes."

The police chief is also hopeful that victims of housebreaking may have their possessions returned in the future.

He added: "I am hopeful that further charges will follow and we will be in a position to return property to owners in due course.

"I would remind householders and business owners to do all they can to secure premises. Please make sure doors and windows are closed and if an alarm system is installed that this is activated."

Officers recovered in excess of 140 items all believed to be property from alleged housebreakings to domestic and commercial properties in the area. Enquiries will continue in relation to property recovered and further charges may follow.

Anyone looking for advice on home security should visit the Police Scotland website or call 101.