A CONVENIENCE store has been raided for the second time in three weeks – and the thieves in both cases are still at large.
Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves smashed their way through a side door of the Nisa Local, in Station Road, Hatton, at 2.30am yesterday.
A quantity of cigarettes were stolen and the criminals escaped in a stolen Audi A6 which was later found abandoned.
A neighbour of the shop raised the alarm after they heard smashing noises at the shop.
Police arrived a short time later but the criminals had already fled.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “We were called to the Nisa Local, in Station Road, Hatton, at 2.30am.
“Thieves had smashed their way through a side door and taken cigarettes.
“They have then escaped in a sky blue Audi A6 with a 52 number plate.
“This car had been stolen on Sunday from a home, in Main Street, Hilton and we found it abandoned yesterday in Allenton, near Derby.”
It marks the second time that cigarettes have been stolen from the store in a smash and grab in just three weeks.
On March 11, masked thieves forced their way into the store at 4am and stole a ‘large quantity’ of cigarettes.
At the time, police said CCTV handed to them by the shop’s owner showed two men forcing the front door with a crowbar while a third man waits in a getaway car.
Officers were also linking the previous raid with a drive-off from a service station in Hatton and a burglary in Egginton, on the same day.
These thieves have still not been tracked down.
The manager of Nisa Local was not available for comment at the time the Mail went to press.
Anyone with information or may have witnessed any suspicious activity should call Derbyshire police on 101.