Raid on newsagents
RAIDERS made off with an unknown quantity of cash and cigarettes after breaking into a newsagents.
Offenders gained entry to McColls at Hope Farm Precinct, Great Sutton, overnight last Tuesday by forcing the shutters on a rear door.
They then used a crowbar to break through a timber door to access a rear store room, made an untidy search of the back office and removed a hard drive CCTV unit.
Cigarettes were then stolen from a display behind the counter in the main store and a smoke cloak anti-burglar device was removed from the ceiling, causing damage.
They failed to open the secure doors at the rear of a cash machine, but damaged them. The offenders then forced the doors of an upstairs store room where they took more cigarettes and cash floats in secure cupboards.
A MAN has received a conditional discharge for theft.
Anthony Rooke, of Hornbean Road, Halewood, appeared at Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston Magistrates Court on Monday.
Electrician Rooke, 34, admitted stealing a sports jacket from Sports Direct, Cheshire Oaks, on October 10, 2008.
He received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 costs.
Door left unlocked
A THIEF stole a handbag from the kitchen of a house in Langley Court, Ellesmere Port, at 10pm on Sunday. The back door had been left unlocked.
THIEVES stole bicycles from the storage area of a business premises in Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, between 5.30pm on October 31 and 9.25am on November 2.