Thieves break into St Helens shop to steal cigarettes and cash

Detectives have launched an investigation after a shop in St Helens was burgled.

Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 11:09 am
Police appeal after Co-op burglary

Patrols were called to the Co-op store in Chain Lane around 10.25pm on Monday, April 15, after reports the premises had been broken into.

On arrival, officers found that a side shutter had been damaged, a door forced and a ceiling panel pulled down, there were cigarettes and smashed bottles strewn all over the floor and a quantity of cash was taken from the ATM.

The offenders caused significant damage inside the store.

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Police appeal after Co-op burglary

The shop was searched by police but the offenders had left the scene.

They are believed to have stolen a quantity of cigarettes however at this early stage the full extent of what has been taken is not known.

A full forensic search by crime scene investigators is taking place this morning. Officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area and obtaining CCTV.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area last night or during the early hours is asked to contact @MerPolCC, quoting reference 19100181014 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.