Police say a small cluster of offending west of the city may be part of a growing trend in the area.
A daytime burglary in Outram was followed by an unusual crime nearby at a Goodall Street address yesterday.
The occupant reported finding a small wooden man on fire in the garden of their Mosgiel property.
Nothing was taken in either incident and a suspect has been put forward by the Goodall Street resident.
Police are keeping an open mind on whether the incidents are related, but say any information from the public is welcome.