Alford

Masked men raid two Lincolnshire stores

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Three masked raided two Lincolnshire stores on Wednesday morning, stealing a range of cigarettes in one incident.

Officers were called at 1.22am on Wednesday, May 22 to the Martin McColl’s store in the Market Place in Alford after a report of three men dressed in dark clothing and covering their faces.

The men raided the store and took a selection of cigarettes before reportedly fleeing in a dark estate car in the direction of West Street. They were carrying a large blue bag.

At 1.39am on Wednesday morning police received a second report that a Co-op store on Station Road in Sutton-on-Sea had been targeted.

Three people with covered faces entered the store. They arrived and fled in what was seen as a BMW 5 series with a roof bar on the car.

Lincolnshire Police said: “We are treating the incidents as linked, and believe the same offenders were responsible for each offence. No arrests have been made.”

Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious including vehicles or people in the two areas should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 14 of May 22.

It can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.