Thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes stolen from Locks Heath store

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CIGARETTES worth thousands of pounds have been stolen during a burglary in Locks Heath.

Three men smashed a lower glass panel in the door of the Co-op, Locks Heath Centre, Fareham, and climbed through the hole at around 2.15am on Friday, March 2.

They broke the shutters and bundled all the cigarette stock into a large builder’s bag that they had brought with them.

Police issued the following descriptions of the trio. They are described as:

Man one: Wearing a light grey hooded top, dark bomber coat / jacket, dark trousers and carrying a large bag

Man two: Wearing a black hooded top / jacket with red toggles, a red bandana, and dark trousers with white stripes down the sides

Man three: Wearing a khaki / blue-grey jacket, dark trousers, and a white bandana

They parked a silver coloured estate vehicle outside the main front entrance and fled in the same vehicle.

DC Katie Wakefield, said: ‘These three males broke into the Co-op and stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes. They then made off in a silver coloured estate vehicle.

‘I am appealing to any local residents who saw or heard a vehicle speeding from the area. I am also appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone in the area, matching the descriptions of the offenders.

‘It is believed that the offenders were also seen acting suspiciously around the Park Gate Co-op at about 4am on February 28. They were spooked by the manager who was in the building doing some work. I am appealing for anyone who may have any information relating to this incident in February to get in touch with us.’

Anyone with any information should contact DC Wakefield at Fareham CID on 101, or call Crimestoppers, the charity, annonymously, on 0800 555 111.