Teens arrested after early-hours raid on Ringwood store

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Original Vape Shop ringwood
Police pursued a vehicle believed to have been used in the raid

TWO teenagers were arrested after a smash-and-grab raid on a New Forest vape store in the early hours of today (Wednesday).

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The alarm was raised around 2am, with reports a burglary was in progress at the Original Vape Shop in Monmouth Court, off Southampton Road, Ringwood.

Four offenders were said to have gained entry through a smashed window before stealing a haul of items including vape machines.

Responding to the call-out, officers pursued a vehicle in the area which was believed to have been linked to the break-in.

Its occupants then fled on foot, but two were located and detained on suspicion of burglary.

The pair, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, both from Southampton, were also arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent following a burglary in Sway the previous night.

Both were still in custody later this morning as investigations into the raid continue.

In a social media posting about the incident, police said: “Our officers were called out at 2am to reports of a burglary in progress at The Original Vape Shop on Monmouth Court, Ringwood.

“Four persons have entered the premises through a smashed window and a number of items, including vape machines, were stolen in the process.

“Officers pursued a vehicle in the area believed to be linked to the burglary, when the occupants decamped and fled from officers. Two of the offenders were located by officers and detained.”

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