BURGLARS seeking tobacco products targeted a convenience store in Prestatyn.
Police were called to the One Stop Store in Meliden just after midnight (Friday, October 11) following reports of a break-in, which saw thieves head off with a large amount of cigarettes.
Police officers, a helicopter and a member of the dog section attended the scene and inquiries are ongoing.
The incident comes as second blow to the Meliden store, which was subject to a knife threat in September.
One Stop Shop assistant Steve Morris, who was threatened by a man brandishing a large kitchen knife a few weeks ago whilst working behind the counter, said he was surprised to be met by the manageress when arriving for work earlier this morning.
He said: “I was up at 4am ready for my 6am shift. When I arrived, I was told of the break-in. The front door had been smashed and had been boarded up.
“Apparently the thief or thieves had got away with cigarettes. My manageress said to me that they were all over the floor. I was told to go home.”
Offenders are believed to have left the scene in a vehicle.
House to house inquiries are being conducted by Police and crime scene investigators are in attendance.
Detective Sergeant Neil Harrison said: “The One Stop Shop is located on the main road into Prestatyn and it is possible that motorists may have seen individuals acting suspiciously outside the shop or may have seen a vehicle parked outside.”
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who have information to contact DC 1475 Evans or Detectives at St Asaph CID on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.