A NEWSAGENTS was broken into in a raid during the early hours of the morning.
The burglary happened just after 4am at Martin McColl’s newsagents, on The Green, Stubbington.
The thieves targeted the shop for its cigarettes and the front door of the shop was smashed.
Stubbington resident Ed Corney said the noise woke him and then he saw the burglars in action.
He said: ‘My partner woke me up in the middle of the night saying there was lots of noise going on.
‘She kept nudging me and then I went to the window and that’s when I saw a Volvo estate parked in the disabled bay.
‘Its nearside doors were open and its engine was running with the boot open.
‘Then I saw three quite burly lads come out with balaclavas on and hoods up.
‘The first one had a large rubble sack which he dragged to the boot of the car.
‘Then the next ones came out, two of them dragging a sack. Then they got in the car and sped off.’
Shop manager Barry Waters said the store was closed while investigations took place, however an assistant was selling newspapers outside the store and paper rounds went out as usual.
He said the store would hopefully open again later today after the cost of the damage has been counted and police finish investigating.
A police spokesman said: ‘We were called at 4.19am this morning to reports of a burglary at McColl’s newsagents on Stubbington Green.
‘A quantity of cigarettes were taken during the burglary and three men and a dark-coloured vehicle were seen leaving the scene.
‘Enquiries are still ongoing to locate the men and vehicle and we will be reviewing CCTV.
‘Anyone who saw anything suspicious is urged to call us on 101, quoting crime reference 4415036409.’