Thieves have broken into the village shop and post office in Moulton, stealing cigarettes and getting away by car.
The break-in happened just after 12.20am today in High Street, near All Saints Church, and the area is currently sealed off while scenes of crime officers collect evidence.
Police believe the gang involved drove off in a silver-coloured car and Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “This is the first offence of this type in South Holland since 2nd April.
“Part of our enquiries will include establishing if there is a link with similar burglaries in other force areas.”
Anyone with information should call Spalding CID on 101, stating incident number 5 of June 17, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.