Cambridgeshire

Cigarettes worth £11,000 stolen in Chatteris

CCTV released of raiders of a supermarket in Chatteris
Image caption The raiders were armed with an axe and a sledge hammer

CCTV images have been released of thieves who stole £11,000 worth of cigarettes from a Cambridgeshire store.

The offenders smashed their way into the Co-op supermarket in Bridge Street, Chatteris, in the early hours of 3 September.

They then forced open a cabinet and filled two black dustbins with cigarettes.

The offenders carried an axe with a bright orange handle and a large sledgehammer.

The supermarket had previously been targeted on 26 August, when cigarettes worth £8,000 were taken.

Det Con Mark Oakes said: "This appears to have been a planned break-in and the offenders covered their faces to avoid detection.

"However, they are wearing distinctive clothing and people may still recognise them."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cambridgeshire Police.

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