Warning for north Kent shopkeepers as duo continue spree

There has been another attack by thieves on a local store in Meopham, Kent. It is the latest in a string of incidents by two determined criminals since the turn of the year.

The latest store to be targeted, a McColl’s newsagent, has been hit for the third time. An earlier incident, at a nearby Co-op in Dartford, saw more than £5,000 worth of cigarettes being stolen.

Police believe the gang to be responsible for at least ten other break-ins over the last three months. This means the gang could be responsible for thousands of pounds worth of damage and many thousands of products stolen, most typically cigarettes and smoking materials.

The shops targeted are no doubt now taking extra security measures, such as installing internal security shutters in addition to external roller shutters. However, the police may have found their first clear clue to trace the raiders.

A pickaxe and screwdriver, seen being held by the offenders, were recovered from the latest incident and though both men are wearing gloves, they could offer some clues.

CCTV images show both men to be between 5ft 8in and 6ft and well-built. In the latest burglary, both wore dark clothing and had their hands and faces covered. There is a possibility that Adidas is a favoured brand of the pair.

Anyone with information is urgently asked to contact the local police force or Crimestoppers to help stop the raids. With both now known to carry weapons, police fear personal tragedy could not be far away and are warning shopkeepers finding a raid in their shop not to tackle the pair.

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