Ram-raiders strike three times in hour
POLICE are continuing to hunt for ram-raiders after village shops in Lyminge, Wye and Lenham were targeted within an hour in the early hours of Friday.
Despite attempts to steal cash points from inside the shops the thieves, who were driving two Mitsubishi 4x4s, left emptyhanded. They caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The first raid was at a food and wine store in Canterbury Road, Lyminge.
The shop’s owner, Thevalingam Thevakumar, was awake when, at 1.26am, thieves used a sledgehammer to smash the shop window. Shouting out of an open window, Mr Thevakumar scared them off.
He dialled 999 and was able to read the number plate of one of the two 4x4s to the police, who arrived within five minutes.
Fifteen minutes later the raiders were in Wye, at the Co-operative store, Churchfield Way.
The front of the shop, which underwent a £270,000 refit last year, was badly damaged. It is the third time in five years the store had been ram-raided.
The third incident was at 2.26am at a convenience store in Honeywood Road, Lenham. The raiders used one of the 4x4s to crash into the front of the shop. Both the vehicle and the cash machine were abandoned.
DCI Isobel Gibson, the senior officer investigating the three incidents, said: “Clearly these people had no consideration for anyone in the area.”
Officers are appealing to anyone who might have any information to contact them on 01622 604166.
Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Calls to Crimestoppers will be treated confidentially and you could receive a cash reward.
Scene of the raid in Lyminge