23rd Oct, 2017

Raiders steal club shirts from Coventry City superstore

Coventry Editorial 25th Aug, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE are investigating a ram-raid on the Coventry City superstore at the Gallagher Retail Park.

Officers locked down the area last night (Sunday) after being alerted shortly before 9.45pm.

Home and away strips were stolen while two empty tills were also taken.

The force said early inquiries suggested a dark coloured Ford Focus using false number plates reversed through the windows before up to eight people ran inside the shop.

Among the kits stolen were 16 of the new white away shirts in size XXXXL.

Detective Sergeant Jon Fanti, from Coventry Police, gave some advice to anyone offered one of the shirts.

“You need to think about how that person came by them and what they’ll be doing with your hard earned cash,” he said.

“Initial inquiries suggest that around four people were inside the Ford Focus with four more travelling on two motorbikes.

“The car sustained extensive rear end damage and the exhaust was torn off by the force of the collision.

“I’m asking that anyone who may have seen the car or two motorbikes before or after the burglary to in touch.”

Witnesses have been spoken with and CCTV footage which may have captured the burglars in action has been secured.

Forensic scene investigators are today scouring the store for clues while the investigation continues.

A club statement issued this morning said the store would be closed today ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’.

It added: “The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and the Superstore will reopen tomorrow at 9.30am.”

Anyone with information which may help officers should call Coventry Police on 101.

Sky Blues players and staff helped open the superstore back in November last year. (s)

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