Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Masked pair raid village store

A SHOP was closed for five hours after masked raiders broke in and stole a large quantity of cigarettes.

A SHOP was closed for five hours after masked raiders broke in and stole a large quantity of cigarettes.

The two men were caught on the in-store CCTV cameras breaking into the Co-op in Wood Lane, Sonning Common, by smashing a window shortly before 11.30pm on Monday.

Police said one was wearing a Halloween-style mask and the other wore a sock mask.

The shop, which usually opens at 7am, was closed until noon on Tuesday while a police forensic team examined the scene.

It was the second break-in in three months after a man stole bottles of vodka from the store in November.

In December, Sonning Common Parish Council agreed to spend £600 installing four CCTV cameras outside the village hall to cover the car park, which is owned by the Co-op.

Parish clerk Philip Collings said that following the November raid, the council offered to put another camera outside the Co-op if the company contributed £100 but did not receive a reply.

He said: “They said they would get back to us but they have been so slow in responding. They must have lost about £3,000 in what was stolen and then the loss of trade.”

A Co-op spokeswoman said CCTV footage taken inside the store had been handed to police. She added: “We take incidents of retail crime most seriously. A series of measures, including a security tagging system and CCTV cameras, are in place to prevent incidents of this nature.”

Anyone with information should contact the police via the non-emergency number, 101.

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