Brazen girl gang steal croissants and cigarettes worth hundreds of pounds from Tesco Express in Hove

Brazen girl gang march into Tesco Express to steal croissants and cigarettes worth hundreds of pounds in genteel seaside town

  • Four women wanted in connection with a stealing rampage in Hove, East Sussex
  • CCTV shows them stealing from shelves and from behind the counter on July 18
  • Anyone who can help identify the girls is asked to contact Sussex Police 
  • Group may be linked to another theft from a Co-op store in Goring, West Sussex

Police are searching for a brazen girl gang who stole croissants and hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes from a Tesco Express. 

CCTV footage shows the girls sauntering around the store in Hove, East Sussex before one is confronted by a member of staff and the four flee. 

Two of the youngsters were seen going behind the counter and grabbing age-restricted goods that appeared to include lottery scratch cards, before pulling aside the cigarette display and taking multiple packets.

Another pair bagged up bakery items such as croissants, right next to a Tesco employee, and appeared to be holding bottles of soft drinks and other treats.

The four women are now wanted in connection with the stealing rampage at the Tesco Express in the affluent seaside town.

The four girls (pictured) stole baked goods and cigarettes before fleeing the Tesco Express store in Hove, East Sussex

The four girls (pictured) stole baked goods and cigarettes before fleeing the Tesco Express store in Hove, East Sussex 

Semi-detached houses in this street – Denmark Villas near Hove train station – can sell for around £1.7million, while the average property price for the area is about £630,000.

Sussex Police released CCTV footage of the incident, which took place at around 7.25pm on July 18, and is asking for help from the public in tracking down the women.

One was seen accessing and taking items behind the counter. She is described as white, with dark hair in plaits, and was wearing sunglasses, a dark top and shorts.

One of the girls, wearing a leopard print jacket, appeared to take multiple packs of cigarettes from behind the till

One of the girls, wearing a leopard print jacket, appeared to take multiple packs of cigarettes from behind the till

Another bagged up a croissant while a girl with blonde hair and sunglasses on her head appears to be holding snacks and a soft drink

Another bagged up a croissant while a girl with blonde hair and sunglasses on her head appears to be holding snacks and a soft drink

A second young woman entered the store and went behind the counter to take items, police said.

She is described as white with brown hair and wore a leopard print jacket, a black vest top and sunglasses.

The third young woman took items from the shelves. She is white with dark hair and wore a grey hooded Puma top and sunglasses, according to Sussex Police.

The fourth young women took items from shelves is said to be white with blonde or light brown hair and wore a black top, shorts and fluffy sliders.

A Tesco employee came to replenish the bakery section just seconds after the girls had stolen a croissant from the shelf

A Tesco employee came to replenish the bakery section just seconds after the girls had stolen a croissant from the shelf

After being confronted by an employee, the four girls fled the store

After being confronted by an employee, the four girls fled the store

Officers also believe the group may be linked to a theft at the Co-op store in Field Place Parade, Goring, West Sussex on June 14 at 5.45pm.

That time, two girls were seen entering the store, taking items off the shelves and then leaving without paying.

One girl is described as white, with her hair tied back. She wore a black jacket, a white top, blue jeans and white trainers.

The second girl is described as white or mixed race. She wore a black coat with a fur-lined hood, a white T-shirt, either black shorts or a short black skirt, and dark shoes.

Anyone who can identify or who recognises the four girls who stole from the Tesco Express can contact Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 215 of 18/07.

For the incident at the Co-op on Field Place Parade in Goring, quote serial 103 of 20/06.

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