Local stores are targeted by burglars

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robbers targeted a Co-op store in the Thornhill area of Dewsbury stealing over £3,000 worth of cigarettes.

Yesterday police said there were similarities with the robbery and a recent raid at another Co-op store, in Mirfield, which also took place this month and during which cigarettes were also targeted by the robbers.

The Thornhill raid took place on January 9, at 10.45pm, when three men broke into the store after prising open security shutters with a crow-bar and smashing a window.

Once inside, the suspects jumped over the counter, breaking into the cigarette cupboard before stealing over £3,000 worth of cigarettes from the premises.

The suspects left through the damaged window and made off in an unknown direction.

The burglary took place a week before a similar crime was committed at the Co-op in Mirfield.

Last night a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the thieves also targeted cigarettes.

The police spokesman said: “At around 00:50am on the morning of the 16 January a dark coloured Mercedes style saloon car reversed into the window of the Co-op on Old Bank Road, Mirfield.

“Three men wearing Balaclava’s got into the store through the damaged window, returning with a large container of cigarettes,” the police spokeman added.

The spokesman said the three men then got back into the car, which was driven by a fourth man, before it was driven off at speed along Sunny Bank Avenue.

The three suspects were men wearing light grey or white tops, one of which had a stripe down one arm.

Police say the driver of the car was wearing a dark-coloured top.

Any witnesses or anyone with information that can assist police with their inquiries is asked to contact Dewsbury CID or the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.