TWO safes containing several hundred pounds were taken in a second burglary at a Headley community shop during the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning.
The raid - the second in four days - at Headley Community Shop and Post Office, in Thornford Road, followed an initial burglary on Monday evening (Oct 19) at the same premises, staffed mainly by volunteers, and after the front door was forced and the alarm sounded.
Nothing was taken in the first burglary, during which one of the burglars wore a Hallowe'en mask, police have today (Fri) confirmed.
According to Hampshire Constabulary, the second burglary happened between 12.40am and 1am yesterday (Thursday Oct 22), when two safes were taken, containing a total £600.
Both safes had electronic key pads, one was cream coloured containing the day's takings and another charcoal grey, containing a float of around £72.
Three men were captured on CCTV in the second burglary, with police still in the process of reviewing this CCTV footage.
Two men were also captured on CCTV during the first burglary. Both were white, the first man was wearing a blue hooded jumper, with a white pattern across the chest and arms.
The second man was wearing a hooded jumper, red scarf and Hallowe'en mask.
"We are investigating if the two events are linked - that is a line of enquiry," said a police spokesman.
The shop re-opened this morning (Friday) after being closed again yesterday (Thursday) following the second burglary, and whilst police investigated the scene.
Anyone with details about either burglary should contact police on the non emergency number 101, quoting the reference 4415 036 3783 for the first burglary, or 4415 036 6747 for the second burglary.