THIEVES broke into a convenience store and stole cash in the middle of the night.
Police were called to Queens Parade, off Privett Road in Gosport between 2am and 3.20am yesterday.
The cigarette kiosk behind the counter was broken into and some money and some cigarettes were stolen.
However, police were unable to reveal the value of the items stolen.
The main door was forced open, breaking the locking mechanism so that it slid open.
The raid shocked people living nearby.
Jo Durham, 45, who owns newsagent Queens Parade News, said: ‘I was asleep upstairs and I didn’t hear a thing.
‘We have been really quiet along here recently. Obviously it makes you uneasy from my point of view as a business owner.
‘No business can afford to be interrupted like this.’
Resident Paul Charlton, 57, from The Chase, said: ‘There is always a small element of people who have got financial worries or have got a drugs habit.
‘We don’t really get this sort of trouble around here. It’s really quiet and most things are really safe. You get the odd burglary once in a while but very rarely.
‘I walked out and saw this and thought “what’s going on?”. It was a shock.’
Clare Hollis, 36, from St Helen’s Road, added: ‘I am very surprised. You don’t expect to hear that from your local shop.’
A spokeswoman for The Co-operative said: ‘CCTV footage has been given to the police who are investigating.
‘As with any incident such as this, we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.’
The store was closed all day yesterday while an investigation was carried out.
Anyone with any information should call Gosport police on 0845 0454545 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.