DETECTIVES are hunting a gang who stole a large amount of cash during a smash and grab raid on a Burton supermarket.
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the thieves battered their way through the glass frontage at Tesco Express in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, before ripping open self-service tills and emptying them of cash at 3.30am yesterday.
Investigators are also looking into a possible link between the incident and a similar raid which took place in the early hours of Tuesday at a Sainsbury’s Local store in High Street, Newhall.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail about the hunt to find those responsible.
He said: “While the shop was closed, offenders entered Tesco Express in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, at around 3.30am yesterday.
“Two men entered the shop while one remained in a dark-coloured 4x4 parked outside.
“They were all wearing dark clothing and one was wearing a cap.
“An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen during the robbery.
“Forensic investigators attended the scene after the crime was reported.”
The force confirmed that detectives were looking at any possible links to the incident in South Derbyshire earlier this week.
That incident also saw a large amount of cash stolen by a group of four men - one of which was wearing a Homer Simpson onesie during the raid.
Bosses from supermarket giant Tesco revealed that, as a result of the raid, the store was closed from 6am to 11am and a total of two self-service were damaged by the thieves.
A spokesman for the firm said: “Like many retailers, we are unfortunately sometimes the victim of crime.
“There was an incident at our Burton Tesco Express in the early hours of yesterday morning and we are working very closely with the local police.”
Police are now asking anyone who saw the gang or any vehicles acting suspiciously in the area at the time to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to call the force on 101, quoting incident number 94 of 20 June, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.