Mass Cigarette Theft in Altona North

Police are appealing for public assistance following the theft of a large number of cigarettes from a shopping centre in Altona North, Victoria Police say.

Three men forced entry into a Millers Road shopping centre on 1 February using pry bars and a sledge hammer.

Once inside the men used a demolition saw to cut open a cabinet full of cigarettes and began removing the products from the shelves.

The offenders utilised two large wheelie bins with yellow lids to steal a large quantity of cigarettes.

They left the premises in a white 4WD, believed to be a Nissan Navara.

The offenders caused a large amount of damage to the store in the process of stealing the cigarettes.

Police have released images of a number of men police believe can assist with their enquires and the vehicle that is believed to be involved.

If anyone has any information they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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