Police are investigating after two local businesses were targeted by thieves in a double raid this week.
Between Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday morning they broke into the Beevers bed and furniture store on Stakesby Vale in Whitby.
Staff say the offenders stole a quantity of cash from the office but didn’t target any stock.
Then, at around 3.50am on Tuesday morning, the post office on The Parade was broken into. The front window was smashed, in what is the first incident of its kind in over 30 years, and the haul included cigarettes and sweets from a display in the shop.
Sub-postmistress, Hazel Smith told the Gazette that both she and her staff had been left “shocked” by the incident.
She said: “I have been here 30 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened. It’s a shock, you just don’t expect it and I got called out by the alarm system.”
Although the post office has been open for business as usual this week, Hazel was still counting the cost of the break-in.
Meanwhile, North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information on both incidents - which could be linked. They would like to hear from anyone who has been offered ‘cheap’ cigarettes for sale.
Offenders are described as three males, wearing dark clothing and carrying a large bag.
In an unrelated incident police are also looking into the theft of a handbag at the Duke of York pub on Church Street, Whitby between 3.15pm and 4.10pm on Friday February 13.
The bag had been left unattended at a small round table situated near the door to the female toilets. It is a distressed navy blue leather bag with a silver clasp and contained a number of high value items and a ‘Fossil’ purse which contained a considerable amount of cash and bank cards.
A blue Samsung Galaxy s5 mobile phone was also within the bag and well as three sets of keys including a car key. One of the keys has a distinctive orange teddy bear key ring attached.
Police say the pub was particularly busy at the time.
If anyone has any information on any of the incidents they are asked to contact Whitby Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.