Five men wearing balaclavas used sledgehammers to smash into a Co-op in Cambridgeshire last night (March 20) – and a similar attack happened near Haverhill.
Detectives are now appealing for witnesses after the shop was burgled in Isleham at about 11.25pm.
Up to five men in balaclavas used sledgehammers to smash the window of the Co-op in West Street.
They stole cigarettes from behind the till and made off in a coupe style vehicle along Mill Street and Malting Lane.
Less than two hours later a gang used sledgehammers and an axe to smash into a Co-op store in Clare, Suffolk at 12.40am today (March 21).
A dark coloured Audi was believed involved, with suspects making off with stolen goods from the store.
On the raid in Cambridgeshire, Detective Sergeant Emma Smith said: “I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen these men or the vehicle in the moments leading up to and after the burglary.”
And Suffolk Police are asking anyone with information on the Clare burglary to contact them via the Constabulary website, or telephone 101, quoting incident 3 of the 21 March 2018.
Anyone with information on the Cambridgeshire raid is asked to call 101 quoting reference CF0150400318 or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report . Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.