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Masked burglars raid shop for cigarettes

Cigarettes haul stolen from Farnborough convenience shop just weeks after similar incident elsewhere

The Londis shop in Queens Road was taped off after the raid on April 13

More than £3,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from a Londis store in Farnborough at the weekend, just weeks after a similar incident nearby.

Masked burglars broke into the shop with a crowbar during the early hours of Sunday morning (April 13) before taking off with cigarettes from behind the counter.

Sreenivasulu Edukulla, owner of the Londis store, in Queens Road, North Camp, lives above the shop and said he saw the robbers break in at around 3.55am on Sunday.


He said: "I saw it out my bedroom window so I called the police and they came after about five minutes but the robbers left as soon as the police came.

"I have owned the shop for the last 10 years and this is the first time something like this has happened."

Mr Edukulla said three men, who all had their faces covered, were involved in the robbery and only their eyes could be seen.

The men arrived at the store in a dark coloured estate car and drove off towards Park Road and the A331.

They were all wearing dark-coloured clothing.

The incident happened following another break in at a Londis store, in Giffard Drive, on Sunday March 30, when three masked men, all armed with sledgehammers, and also stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes.

Detectives are investigating the burglary at the Londis store on Queens Road in Farnborough, which occurred just before 4am on Sunday, April 13.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Graham Robson from Aldershot CID by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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