Police are trying to piece together more information after cash and around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen from Weyhill Texaco Garage near Andover. Offenders made a large hole in a wall at the back of the building and then forced their way through internal walls to get the office.
They removed the safe and opened it outside of the garage. It happened between 2am and 3am on Tuesday, July 1. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Davis at Andover Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.
Detective Constable Alix Davis said:
“It is believed the offenders would have needed a large vehicle, maybe a 4x4, to get to the rear of the premises and also to have pulled the safe from the building.
“If you saw any large vehicles in suspicious circumstances, or have any information which could assist this investigation, please contact me as soon as possible.”
Two war medals were stolen as part of a burglary in Kent.
The items were stolen on Tuesday 15th April where burglars smashed a patio door at an address in Horns Lane before stealing cash and possessions, including two medals awarded to the victim's great-grandfather.
The break-in is thought to have happened between 11.30am and 5.30pm when the offenders helped themselves to a silver tankard and around £100 in cash and an Xbox games console.
Police constable Michelle Marshall said: "These medals have stayed in the family for almost 100 years and are of huge sentimental value to Mr Kendall’s great grandson who has only recently taken ownership of them.
"This is a despicable crime and we are working hard to find those responsible and to recover what are precious and irreplaceable items to this family."
A burglar who stole cigarettes worth thousands of pounds, after smashing his way into shops across Kent, has been jailed for more than two years. He and his accomplices were caught on CCTV. Tom Savvides interviews Detective Constable Alan Poulton.
Two burglars who stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes from a Kent newsagents have been sentenced today.
Stan Charlie Abbey, 29, of Priestfield Road in Gillingham and Ian David Thomas, 35, of Wordsworth Way in Dartford.
Three men smashed their way into the West Malling shop at 12.40am in a silver Saab estate. Thomas and Abbey threw a paving slab at the window and stole more than £5,000 worth of cigarettes.
On the way out they also helped themselves to nearly £100 worth of sweets and food.
At junction 3 of the M2 they were spotted by a police car which chased them until Taddington Wood Lane.
A short time later, officers saw a man in a wooded area where he was arrested and identified as Ian Thomas.
Nearby the officers found the abandoned Saab with a boot full of cigarettes and the car was reported to have been stolen from London.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Jon Faulkner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
"They were brought down by their own stupidity and by the hard work of my investigation team.
"They left fingerprints all over the Saab, almost got stuck trying to squeeze their haul through the shattered window of Martins Newsagents and accrued parking fines outside one of their home addresses for a stolen car."
Four men have been jailed for a total of 15 and a half years after pleading guilty at Winchester Crown Court.
The men were sentenced for conspiracy to burgle after a series of cigarette breaks in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Hertfordshire.
Luke Oliver, 31, from West Drayton was sentenced for five years;
Jason Noakes, 33, from Slough was sentenced for five years;
Kirk Morgans, 31, from Slough was sentenced to three and a half years;
Michael Green, 23, from Slough was sentenced to two years.
These men travelled around South East England committing high value burglaries at convenience stores and garages causing disruption to local businesses. During the investigation we executed a number of warrants, trawled hours of CCTV, collaborated with other forces and made use of forensic technology in order to help us solve the case and bring these men to justice.”