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Feb

Two men use angle grinder to steal cigarettes from Clayton service station

Two men armed with an angle grinder took less than six minutes to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from a Melbourne petrol station.

It was over in less than six minutes but that’s all it took for two men armed with an angle grinder to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from a Melbourne petrol station.

Security cameras captured the pair as they smashed through the front window of a Shell service station at 4.12am on January 24.

The crooks then made a beeline for the cigarette cabinets stationed behind the counter and used an angle grinder to bust them open.

The footage, released by Monash Crime Investigation Unit detectives, showed sparks flying all over the store as the men forced their way into two cabinets and started loading packets of smokes into black bags.

Once the bags were full that started taking the shelves packed with cigarettes out of the cabinets and loaded them into their car.

The pair managed to get away with at least six shelves and two bags full of cigarettes – hundreds of packets estimated to be worth upwards of $20,000

Leading Senior Constable Adam West said the pair were initially captured pulling into the service station in a gold coloured sedan with stolen registration plates AKN 976 at 4.07am.

The two men are described as caucasian with dark hair. Both were wearing black hooded jumpers and gloves.

One man had a black face mask and was wearing a black cap, while the other had a white face mask.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Extracted from News.com.au