Detectives hunting a masked gang who raided a Harborough shop armed with sledgehammers and crowbars have released a second CCTV image from the incident.
It shows two of the men making their way through St Mary’s Place in Harborough carrying a builder’s sack containing more than £10,000 worth of high-end smart phones and tablet devices, stolen from the O2 shop.
It follows on from an image released by police yesterday showing the gang, clad in black and wearing balaclavas, breaking into the store just before 1am on Thursday, August 1.
They smashed their way through the front window of the store then broke into the stock room. They placed their haul in a builder’s sack.
More information has also been released about the getaway vehicle – a 12 registration plate white Volkswagen Golf GTI which was parked in the Sainsbury’s car park near The Settling Rooms from about 10pm.
Baz Odedra, the franchise owner for the store, told the Mail that about 100 high-spec smart phones and about five tablet devices were taken, putting the total value of the raid at more than £10,000.
The store was able to replace the smashed window the next day but it meant they had no phones to sell that morning.
Mr Odreda urged any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the police.
The new O2 shop opened in January, moving from a previous location around the corner in St Mary’s Place. Police have captured CCTV footage from the store as well as other cameras in the vicinity.
The investigating officer Detective Constable Peter Lockey said: “A number of enquiries are continuing into this burglary and we hope this new information will help assist in further information coming into us.
“We are still keen to speak anyone who may have seen these men in this VW car in the area at this time.
“We also hope to hear from anyone who may know of someone who has acquired a large number of mobile phones in suspicious circumstances.”
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Peter Lockey on the police’s 101 number, follow the instructions to leave a message for the officer and when prompted key in his identification number 1191.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.