A GANG of ram-raiders who smashed their way into two Sheffield shops and got away with cash, cigarettes and alcohol are being hunted by South Yorkshire Police.
The first incident happened at about 1.35am on Saturday morning when a group of four or five men smashed their way into Mick and Jenny’s convenience store and news agent on Morland Road, Gleadless.
The gang shattered a glass panel in the front door to gain entry to the shop and then tried unsuccessfully to grab a cash machine from the premises.
Police said that the gang stole a quantity of cash, cigarettes and alcohol from the store before driving off in a blue K registration, Vauxhall Frontera.
About an hour later the same vehicle was used to ram- raid a Cash Convertors shop on Gleadless Road.
A member of staff at Cash Converters said she was unable to comment.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the gang used the Frontera, which had earlier been reported stolen from Nether Edge, to crash their way into the premises, before jumping out of the vehicle.
Police arrived quickly after the attempted burglary and the men fled the premises on foot.
The suspects, who were all wearing dark clothing, were later seen in the Norton Lees area, police said.
Officers want to hear from anyone with information about the break-ins or those who may have seen the men later on.
They also want to hear from anyone who knows anything about the theft of the Vauxhall Frontera or information about any sightings of the vehicle between January 22 and 26.
Witnesses should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 132 of January 26.
Alternatively please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.