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Detectives are appealing for witnesses and video footage following a burglary at a supermarket in Helsby.
At approximately 9.30pm on Sunday 1 January 2023, three men gained entry into the service yard area of the Chester Road store after cutting a large hole in a rear fence.
The men then forced entry into the store via the rear door before attempting to raid the tobacco counter.
However, unbeknown to the thieves, the counter had been emptied, so the trio fled the store will a small quantity of cash from the till.
They men fled the store via the rear entrance at around 9.40pm and exited the site via the hole in the fence.
Enquiries in relation to the burglary are ongoing and officers are a keen to hear from anyone with any information in relation to the incident.
Detective Constable Richard Connelley, of Chester Proactive Team, said:
“This investigation is in its early stages and we’re following a number of lines of enquiry, including CCTV and forensics.
“We know that the men entered the site on foot via the service yard, however it is like that the trio arrived in the area in vehicle which they left in the nearby area.
“Therefore, as part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious.
“I’m also urging residents in the nearby areas, including Chester Road, Callender Gardens and Longster Close, to check their CCTV and ring doorbells, to see if they have any footage of the men.
“The same goes for anyone with any dashcam footage.
“I urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to call the team here at Chester on 101, quoting IML 1447377.”
Information can also be reported online at www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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