Police are seeking witnesses after a series of burglaries in Warwickshire where cigarettes worth more than £30,000 have been stolen.

In each case the burglars entered through the roof of the petrol station store, giving them direct access to the cigarette cabinets. Due to the similar method of entry to the premises police believe the incidents are linked.

In the first incident, between 10pm on Monday 13 January and 6.20am on 14 January thieves broke through the roof of the Shell Garage in Newtown Road, Bedworth, and stole cigarettes valued at about £8,000.

Then between 10.30pm and 11pm on Wednesday 22 January thieves accessed the cigarette cabinet at the Bedworth Service Station in Heath Road, Bedworth, via the roof, and stole cigarettes worth £5,000.

The third theft occurred between 11.15pm on Tuesday 28 January and 5.15am on 29 January when they climbed on the roof of the Great Central Service Station in Hillmorton Road, Rugby, and stole cigarettes worth £8,000.

Then between 11pm on Monday 3 February and 6am on Tuesday 4 February the thieves entered Sainsbury’s on Coventry Road, Exhall, via the roof, and stole cigarettes worth about £12,000.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of any of these premises around the relevant times and who saw anything unusual or suspicious, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the days before hand. They would also like to hear from anyone who knows of anyone selling packets of cigarettes at cut prices.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact temporary detective constable Steve Flavell in Nuneaton CID by dialling Warwickshire Police on 101. Or they can give the information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers.org.