Police in Carrick are stepping up patrols after a number of ongoing housebreakings in the area.
Local residents are being urged to be vigilant and report any unusual activities to help officers catch those responsible for the spate of crimes.
The sneak-in thefts involve opportunist thefts from houses where burglars are taking advantage of unlocked premises to commit their crimes.
This spate of crimes has led the force to increase patrols, both high visibility and plain clothes in an attempt to catch those responsible.
It was during one of these patrols that hopes were raised that the culprits had been caught.
A patrol stopped a vehicle at Kirkoswald last week.
Inside the car were three men and one woman, all from the Girvan area, who were stopped and searched in the vehicle at Kirkoswald last week.
However, they have been charged with a series of drugs offences and police believe the burglars who have been targetting houses in the Girvan area in recent weeks are still at large.
In the incident in Kirkoswald last Friday night four Girvan residents were charged after police officers found Class A drugs in the car they were travelling in.
The vehicle was stopped and searched in Kirkoswald last Friday and a quantity of cocaine, cannabis and cash was discovered within the vehicle.
A 34-year-old man, along with two other men aged 24 and 22 and 23-year-old female have been charged with a series of drugs related offences.
The successful search comes after a number of housebreakings throughout Carrick have seen police step up patrols, both high visibilty and plain clothes.
Carrick Inspector Andy Clapperton urged locals to remain vigilant to help them catch those responsible for the break ins.
He said: “These detections are not believed to be related to the ongoing housebreakings.
“Extra policing patrols are continuing in these areas.
“The police are currently working on a number of positive lines of enquiry, however they ask the public to remain vigilant and to report any unusual activities.”
Earlier this year, in unrelated incidents but also involving sneak-in type thefts from elderly residents, two burglars were caught after police were able to follow their footprints in the snow leading away from a crime scene in the Girvan area.
n Elsewhere, just after midnight on Sunday, February 20 police charged a 23-year-old Turnberry man with road traffic offences after he failed to stop for a police vehicle and crashed his motor vehicle into a ditch at the side of the road near to Brunston Golf Course at Dailly.
He was not injured and police have sent a report to the procurator fiscal.
And police are looking for witnesses after the shutters at Chalmers Arcade, Girvan, were damaged overnight onFebruary 17 and 18.