Provincial police are investigating after they say more than $100,000 in meat was stolen from two butcher shops in the Peterborough, Ont., area.

Police say the thefts took place in two separate incidents roughly a week apart, with the latest occurring over the weekend.

They say the first break-in happened overnight between Jan. 11 and 12, when three male suspects forced open a loading dock door at a shop in Selwyn Township.

Investigators say the group made off with meat products -- including steaks, chickens, and other similar items -- valued around $25,000, driving away in an older model Ford Ranger.

The second incident took place early Sunday morning in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, and resulted in the theft of roughly $80,000 in meat along with four butcher knives.

Police say it's not yet clear whether the two incidents are related.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2020.