Thieves have stolen cigarettes worth thousands of pounds in an early-morning ram-raid on a Cardiff grocery store.
The burglars smashed through the metal shutters and glass frontage at the entrance of the Co-operative store on Radyr Court Road, Danescourt, by reversing a Ford Fiesta into the premises just before 5am this morning.
The blue Ford Fiesta used in the incident was a stolen vehicle, said police.
The thieves made off with thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes, and it is believed that three men responsible for the burglary left the supermarket on foot in the direction of Danescourt Medical Centre.
The burglary is said to be the sixth time the store has been targeted by thieves since mid-October, according to staff.
One employee described the past few weeks at the Danescourt grocery store as “madness”.
He said: “It’s really annoying, just the inconvenience and the extra work load.
“I don’t think these people really appreciate the consequences of what they do. I mean they are putting jobs at risk, and they’re putting people at risk.
“It’s a good job no one was in there really.”
Staff said they were alerted to the burglary shortly after 5am when the store’s alarm system was activated.
Car skid marks have been etched on the paving slabs outside the front entrance of the store.
Police officers have cordoned off the entrance to the store and have been surveying the premises.
Shopper Sylvia Ward, 73, of Fairwater, said she was shocked after coming across the damage.
She said: “That is absolutely disgusting. I was going to do my shopping here.”
Deborah Burke, 50, of Danescourt, said: “It’s terrible what they have done. Thieves have broken in a few times now.
“If it carries on we will have no shops round here.”
Police said this afternoon that enquiries were ongoing and anyone with information on this incident, in particular the whereabouts of the stolen cigarettes, is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.