Police hunt thieves after third raid on Llangollen store

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A SUPERMARKET has been raided for the third time in just over two months.

Thieves broke into the Co-operative store on Regent Street in Llangollen in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It comes just 10 days after the previous attack and shop bosses say they are reviewing its security measures.

North Wales Police says the raiders gained entry by smashing a window and took cigarettes.

District Inspector Dewi Roberts said: “We are now anxious to speak to anyone who might have been in the area at around 2.40am in the morning and noticed anything suspicious.

“We take this sort of incident very seriously and we have increased patrols in the area. We are also asking members of the public for their help.”

He said this was the second time offenders had broken into the store within the last 10 days.

The previous incident took place on Sunday, March 13, when officers were called to the Co-op on Regent Street at 10.50pm after a break-in. One person has been arrested and charged in connection with this.

And on January 20, two men brandishing a knife raided the same supermarket but fled empty handed.

Two men were arrested following the January robbery and will appear in court on Friday, April 1.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, when intruders broke into the store and stole a quantity of cigarettes.

“This follows a break-in on the night of Sunday, March 13, when intruders broke in and stole a quantity of alcohol. The Co-operative is currently reviewing security measures at the store.

“CCTV has been given to police, and as with any such incident we would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 (if in Wales), 0845 6071001 (Welsh) or 0845 6071002 (English).

They can also text 66767 or call Crimestoppers Wales/Cymru anonymously on 0800555111.

POLICE say no-one has been arrested in connection with the raid on the Spar shop in Chirk earlier this month.

Rooftop raiders smashed their way into the Church Street shop on Sunday, March 6 just before 7am.

Police said the raiders gained entry to the building by making a hole in the roof and lowering themselves down into the sales area.

Detectives believe the robbers “cased” the premises on the Saturday evening, covering up alarm sensors in the shop with paper or tape so as to gain access to the cash dispenser undetected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police.

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