Thieves have targeted the Co-op in St Peter’s again in an apparent ramraid.
The Hopeville Avenue shop is currently closed and taped off by police today (July 15). Cigarettes were taken during the break in at around 2.20am.
It was last targeted in February when a JCB digger had been used to remove the cash machine.
The machine was removed from the building, causing significant damage to the shop front as a result. The vehicle was later found along a farm track off Hopeville Avenue, along with the ATM.
Thieves also targeted Kingsgate Newsagents in George Hill Road, which now has damage to the front of the building when the till and cigarettes were stolen, and Ploughman’s Choice in Birchington, which had its door smashed in and money stolen at 1.40am.
Kent Police is now appealing for witnesses to the break-ins.
A spokesman said: “It is believed a vehicle, which was also reported stolen during the night, was used to damage the fronts of the two Broadstairs businesses.
“The car, a black Vauxhall Meriva, has been recovered by officers in Westover Road, Broadstairs.
Enquiries in to the burglaries and car theft are ongoing.”
Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious during the early hours of today (July 15) in Broadstairs or Birchington, is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/135603/19.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org