Arrests after £3,000 worth of cigarettes stolen in raid

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TWO men have been arrested after thieves on a motorbike smashed their way into a shop.

Raiders broke into the Co-op store in Moggs Mead, Petersfield by breaking the windows.

Once inside, they removed a metal roller shutter before filling two rucksacks with more than £3,000 worth of cigarettes.

The two men are believed to have been wearing crash helmets during the burglary.

One of the men wore a black jacket.The other wore a white jacket.

A 28-year-old man, from Southsea, and a 26-year-old man, from Portsmouth, were arrested in connection with the incident, which took place between 1.15am and 1.25am, on Monday, April 4.

They were later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police, who have only just released the details, are now appealing for witnesses to the brazen burglary.

PC Michael Richards, from the East Hampshire targeted patrol team, said he wanted members of the public to get in touch.

He said: ‘Although this burglary happened during the early hours, it may have been quite noisy and people may have seen or heard what was happening.

‘If you have any information that can help, please get in touch.’

Anyone with any information should contact PC Richards at Alton police station on 101.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.