THREE men have been arrested after a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco were stolen in an early morning raid on a city petrol station.
CCTV footage shows the thieves were at the Texaco Service Station on Droitwich Road at the junction of Crown Street between 2.45am and 4.45am yesterday morning (Wednesday).
It appears three men scaled an 8ft high wall to get onto the building’s roof before they dropped down into the shop area.
The trio then forced their way into the secure cigarette cabinet behind the cash desk and stole a large amount of tobacco and cigarettes.
A witness saw the three men, who were wearing balaclavas, leave the garage carrying a number of full black bin bags and called the police.
Officers attended the scene and following a search of the area, two men were arrested nearby and five bin bags full of cigarettes were recovered down a side street off St Stephen’s Street.
An hour later a third man was arrested at an address in Worcester. The trio – aged 22, 20 and 19 – are currently in custody at Worcester Police Station and being questioned by detectives.
Detective Sergeant David Hall of South Worcestershire CID said: “We have reviewed CCTV at the scene and it shows the burglars were at the station for around two hours.
“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Droitwich Road area between 2.30am and 5am and saw any suspicious activity.”
DS Hall can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.