Brazen Bexhill store break-in for ciggies, bacon and salami
BRAZEN thieves used baseball bats to smash their way into Bexhill General Store in the early hours of yesterday morning before two offenders stole cigarettes, bacon, ham and salami.
Owner of 23-years, George Singh, said the shop's security system was activated about 3.15am when the two offenders smashed their way into the Coleman St shop.
"We saw on camera that both of them were carrying baseball bats," he said.
"They were in here for about 40 seconds while the alarm was going off.
"The must have panicked and they jumped the counter, got into the office and they tried the safe and it was locked.
Mr Singh said after rifling through the office looking for cash, the offenders stole four packets of cigarettes.
He said when they were leaving they must have spotted four or five packets of bacon, ham and salami so they stole them too.
Security was alerted and were quickly on the scene.
"Summerland Security called us and they called police because they thought somebody was still in the shop," Mr Singh said.
"Summerland Security were very good getting here so quick."
This was the first break-in at the popular store in a decade.
"The last break-in we had was in 2005," Mr Singh said.
"We had five break-in's in 10 months then, but we haven't had one since because of our alarms and security cameras.
"It was scary, especially when you haven't had a break-in in 10 years."
Mr Singh said the most expensive item destroyed in the break-in was a set of digital scales worth between $700 and $800.
"They broke the scales when they jumped the counter," he said.
Yesterday, Mr Singh provided CCTV footage and still photos of the two culprits to police investigating the incident.