Cigarettes stolen in smash and grab raid

Thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes were stolen from the BP Service Station in Seaford.
Thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes were stolen from the BP Service Station in Seaford.

A PETROL station in Seaford was targeted in a smash and grab raid which resulted in the theft of thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes.

The culprit forced open the door at the BP garage in Station Approach, grabbed handfuls of the merchandise and fled the scene in under a minute.

Police were passing by the premises shortly after 1.30am on Saturday March 10 and heard the alarm go off.

On investigating they found the cigarette shutter inside had been forced and cigarettes worth £2,500 had been taken.

They arrived minutes after the offender left the scene on a white scooter or motorbike with their haul. CCTV showed the person wearing a black motorcycle helmet and dark clothing use a crowbar to break in and then jump over the counter before forcing the shutter and putting the cigarette stash in packs of tens and twenties in a bag.

Donna Vanderveken, manager of the BP garage, is asking the public to help catch the culprit. Mrs Vanderveken, who owns the shop stock, said, “We would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“I was phoned at around 1.30/2am and I was here until 10am the next morning. I was up 28 hours and I feel sick to the back teeth about it all.

“It’s a lovely, little town and to have a break-in by someone who crowbars the door and the shutter makes me feel they staked us out. They knew where they were going and what they were doing.”

Acting Seaford Sergeant Chris Wright said, “Seaford police officers are particularly frustrated given that they passed the location very soon after entry was forced to the garage. Fortunately incidents like this are rare.

“Enquiries are ongoing, should anyone have information they can contact police on 101, quoting reference: 0113 of March 10th.”