Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of around £2500 worth of cigarettes which – literally- “fell off the back of lorry” in Eastleigh.
The incident occurred between 8am and 8.15am on Wednesday May 26.
A lorry travelling along Woodside Road was forced to stop as it had its path blocked by a silver car.
While the lorry was stationary, a man jumped onto the rear lift platform and opened the shutter.The lorry driver, unaware of the incident, drove off along Woodside Road followed by the silver car.When the lorry stopped at the junction with Woodside Avenue, the man in the back threw two large crates containing cigarettes and tobacco products onto the road.
He then jumped out of the lorry, picked up the items and got into the silver car which drove off along Woodside Avenue towards the B&Q roundabout.
The driver of the lorry was himself unaware of what had happened until he was flagged down by a member of the public who had witnessed the incident.
One of the suspects is described as a white man, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, about 5ft 7 tall and of medium or stocky build. He had dark coloured hair and was dressed in blue clothing.
The vehicle used is described as a silver coloured car around the size of a Vauxhall Astra.
Detective Sergeant Philip Jones said:
“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident. There were people in the area of the industrial estate at the time who may have seen something which could help us catch those responsible.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who has information about tobacco products being sold, perhaps in the work place or in the pub.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information about it, is asked to contact DS Philip Jones at Eastleigh police station on 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.