CIGARETTES, alcohol and cash were stolen when thieves smashed their way into Bashley Village Stores in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A front window was broken to gain entry to the village convenience store in Bashley Road, near New Milton, sometime between 12.15am and 12.40am.
Once inside, the offenders snatched a large haul of tobacco goods valued at around £5,000, along with about half a dozen bottles of spirits estimated to be worth around £100.
They also forced open a door to the store’s post office counter, in which the tills were locked overnight. They took around £300 in cash from these.
They had attempted to enter the post office cubicle via a glass partition but, despite causing extensive damage, were unable to smash through as the glass is laminated.
The store was open, with a wooden plasterboard covering the smashed front window, but the damaged post office counter was expected to remain closed to the public for at least a week after the raid.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.