POLICE are today linking attempted burglaries which took place at two village convenience stores.
Both the Tesco and The Co-operative Food stores, in High Street, Measham were targeted by thieves in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The incidents both happened within 10 minutes of each other just after 1am. It is believed that the thieves escaped empty-handed.
In the morning, both stores were taped off by police, with one window was boarded up at The Co-operative suggesting it had been smashed while thieves tried to enter.
It is believed that the criminals never managed to enter the Tesco store but a notice was put on the door of the shop saying it was closed ‘due to a police investigation’ but will open later that morning. Shopping trolleys blocked the entrance.
Police said they are now linking the two crimes and is launching an appeal for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward either to the police or anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called at 1.26am on Friday to High Street, Measham, to a report of a burglary at a store (The Co-operative).
“It is not yet known if anything was taken.
“Officers are also investigating a burglary at another store in High Street, Measham (Tesco). It happened at around 1.36am the same day. Nothing was taken.
“Officers believe these two incidents may be linked and investigations into both are in the early stages.
“Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area and witnesses can phone Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Tesco did not want to comment on the incident, but a spokesman said: “This is a matter for the police, and we will be helping with their investigation in any way we can.”
THREE masked raiders have smashed their way into a petrol station to steal cigarettes.
Derbyshire Police are now launched an investigation into the incident which happened at the petrol station, in Derby Road, Egginton, on Thursday night.
Witnesses reported seeing a black Subaru Impreza pull up in the forecourt of the petrol station at around 11.40pm.
Three people are seen in the vehicle and two are reported as getting out of the car and smashing their way through the shop door.
The petrol station was closed at the time and it is not believed that any member of the staff was in the building.
The two thieves then stole a quantity of cigarettes, left the shop and drove off in the direction of Willington.
Witnesses described the criminals all wearing balaclavas and no other details were given.
The petrol station did not want to comment at the time the Mail went to press.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.