Surrey cigarette and alcohol thefts linked, police say

Two break-ins in which cigarettes, alcohol and cash were stolen from shops in Surrey have been linked to another similar theft last month, police said.

The latest burglary, between 22:00 GMT on Thursday and 12:30 GMT on Friday, took place at the Londis store in Longmore Road, Hersham.

Another took place the previous night at Martins newsagents, on The Broadway in Thames Ditton.

The first burglary was at Londis in Hampton Court Parade, East Molesey.

'Significant damage'

Det Con Carly Humphreys said large quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and cash were stolen in the "well planned" break-ins, beginning on 24 January.

She said there was a strong possibility the burglars were local and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

"The burglars have been prepared to cause significant damage to the stores in order to get what they wanted," she said.

"The offenders would have made a lot of noise getting into the various stores so I feel sure that people living in the area or passing through would have seen or heard something out of the ordinary."

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