Esso Petrol Station in Kings Road

Police are investigating following a break in at the Esso petrol station in Kings Road, Herne Bay.

It is believed that at around 4.15am this morning (Tuesday 7th November), three people forced their way into the petrol station and made off with a quantity of cigarettes.

Police were called at 4.56am.

Detective Sergeant Brian Doughty said: ‘We believe three offenders used a crowbar to force open the door of the petrol station. They put the cigarettes into a large, yellow builders’ supply-type bag and left the scene in a dark-coloured car, possibly an executive-style saloon.’

Detectives believe this is linked to another similar burglary carried out at around 4.15am yesterday (Monday 6th November), when cigarettes were reportedly stolen from a convenience store in Birchington. A yellow builders' supply-type bag had also been used on that occasion.

Detective Sergeant Brian Doughty continued: ‘We are linking the two incidents and are following a number of lines of enquiry. We are asking anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in either Birchington or Herne Bay at the relevant times to contact us. We would also like to hear from anyone offered cigarettes for sale.’

Anyone with information is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 06-0081 for the Birchington burglary or 07-0017 for the Herne Bay burglary.