South Yorkshire robbery gang strike again

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Police have stepped up the hunt for a gang believed to have committed a series of early morning filling station and supermarket raids across Doncaster.

The latest took place early today at the Tesco Extra superstore on Woodfield Way, Balby.

The petrol station shop was attacked just before 2.45am when the intruders smashed through a glass door to gain entry.

Once inside they made for the cigarette stock and took away what is described as a ‘substantial’ quantity.

Police have been checking CCTV images from the forecourt which shows two men in a black Vauxhall Vectra involved in the burglary. The car was seen driving off towards White Rose Way.

Police say the crime may be linked to burglaries at supermarkets in Sprotbrough and in Bawtry last month.

A large quantity of cigarettes were stolen from a supermarket on Sprotbrough Road in the early hours.

Three men were seen turning up outside the Sainsbury’s store at 3.29am on May 20 in a dark Audi car and they forced the shuttered door and stole the cigarettes.

A second Doncaster supermarket was raided by cigarette thieves in two days. Burglars struck at the Co-op on High Street, Bawtry, at 2am on May 21.

Supt Eddie Murphy, of Doncaster police, said: “At this stage we think the Tesco offence yesterday may be connected to the ones in Bawtry and Sprotbrough. We will be taking a close look at all the CCTV evidence from the filling station.”