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Cash raid: Sainsbury's supermarket on Park Hill Road, Garstang, was targeted over Christmas
Cash raid: Sainsbury's supermarket on Park Hill Road, Garstang, was targeted over Christmas

Thieves smashed through a wall to break into Sainsbury’s store on Boxing Day and steal thousands of pounds.

The intruders forced their way into an office at the store between 5.45pm and 9.25pm by making a hole through the outer and inner wall at the side of the store and escaped with £2,500 of till float money.

Police are examining CCTV footage and forensic evidence after discovering discarded money bags in an office at the store, which is located on the outskirts of Garstang on Park Hill Road.

Sgt Danielle Freaney said: “It’s fortunate that they didn’t get away with the Christmas takings. Enquiries are continuing and if anyone saw anything suspicious or has any information they should call us on 101 and quote log number 1240/December 26.”

It’s thought the thieves cut a hole in fencing surrounding St Thomas’s churchyard to gain access to the supermarket site.

The store’s alarm system was disabled and a three foot hole was made by removing bricks from the inner and outer walls of the store to gain entry into an office,

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an incident at our Garstang store on Boxing Day.

“No colleagues or customers were harmed and we are helping the police with their enquiries.” The store had been closed for its Christmas break and re-opened on Thursday when the manager declined to comment.

In a posting on the Garstang and Over Wyre neighbourhood policing team page on social networking website, Facebook, PCSO Dave Edwards confirmed a hole had been made in the “outer and inner wall” to get into the store.

He said officers are seeking people seen “acting suspiciously” around the store or nearby St Thomas Church between 8pm and 9pm.

In a subsequent posting, he added: “It has been ascertained that the offenders stole £2,500 in cash and CCTV enquiries are ongoing in an effort to trace the offender or offenders.”