Thieves smash open shop with van in raid

VANDALISED The smashed window at the Co-op
VANDALISED The smashed window at the Co-op
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DETECTIVES are hunting for thieves who smashed open a shop window with a van in the early hours of the morning.

The burglars used the tail lift on a van, ramming into the side window of the Co-operative store in Dartmouth Court, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport, yesterday between 3.50am and 4.15am.

They failed to get into the cigarette counter but forced their way into a cash machine before making their escape.

Police say it is not known if the thieves got away with any cash.

William Murphy, 65, lives nearby and said he saw a young man running away when the shop’s alarm went off.

‘At about ten to four in the morning I heard a bang and I jumped out of bed and looked out.

‘There were two individuals concerned, one sort of youth type, with a hoody and he legged it off up through the estate.

‘The other guy jumped into the van and drove off.’

Mr Murphy’s partner, Kaye Kealy, 66, was watching TV at the time and said before she looked out, she thought there had been a car accident.

‘I saw a van embedded in the window,’ she said.

‘The other guy jumped into the van and he had a bit of trouble getting it out.’

Detective Constable Chris Davies from Fareham and Gosport CID said: ‘I would like to hear from anyone who was out and about and saw a vehicle with a tail lift in the area at the time of the incident or in the days leading up to the burglary.

‘I’d also like to hear from anyone who saw anyone running from the store at the time of the alarm activation.’

Call Det Con Davies at Fareham and Gosport CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.