Village store burgled for second time

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BURGLARS have struck at a village shop in Gedney Hill for the second time in less than a year.

A “substantial” amount of cigarettes and cash were taken from McColl’s Post Office on Hillgate at about 10.15pm on Sunday.

The incident comes just eight months after bungling thieves ripped an out-of-order cash machine from the wall with a digger.

“It just makes you so angry,” said store manager Rachael Nolan.

“This is a local community shop. Not a lot of villages have a shop like this.

“All the staff enjoy working here and it is disheartening to them.”

Police say the offenders got into the shop by forcing open a fire door at the back of the shop and another internal door.

Mrs Nolan says two men were caught on CCTV at about 10.15pm and they were in the shop for between 20 and 30 minutes.

They took cigarettes from a locked area in the shop and money from both the till and the safe.

The Post Office area was untouched.

She said they were wearing hooded tops, sleeveless puffa jackets and gloves.

Mrs Nolan said the two men took a video tape from the shop but they were captured on another internal camera.

The footage is being handed to police.

The crime was discovered by a delivery driver at about 4.30am on Monday.

The shop was closed until 4pm on Monday to allow investigating officers to gather evidence.

Police are also still searching for those behind the raid on the cash machine from May 13.

Several men were seen running from the scene at about 2.15am.

The ATM was discovered under debris and no money had been stolen.

Anyone with any information on either incident should contact Spalding Police Station on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.