Ram raid on Cranleigh’s Notcutts Garden Centre

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Burglars used a stolen pickup truck to ram raid a garden centre in Cranleigh on Sunday night.

They drove a silver Mitsubishi into Notcutts Garden Centre between 11pm and midnight on December 23, causing £10,000 worth of damage to the sliding glass doors. They then forced their way into an office and stole cash before dumping the Mitsubishi in the car park and making off in a second vehicle.

The Mitsubishi, described as an L200 pickup, registration M923 TDC, was stolen from West Sussex on December 17.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the Mitsubishi any time between December 17 and the time the burglary took place, to come forward.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jim Hilton said: “We are appealing for any sightings of the Mitsubishi between December 17 and the time of the burglary taking place.

“We know that the thieves used a second vehicle in the burglary as one was seen in the car park around the time of the offence but we don’t know what type of vehicle was used, so we would also welcome anyone with any information about that to come forward as soon as possible.

“The thieves have caused extensive damage to the front of the shop and meant that the garden centre suffered a loss in trade on Christmas Eve, one of its busiest times of the year.

“I would urge anyone with any information which could help us progress this investigation and find the offenders responsible to get in touch straightaway.”

Anyone with information can contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference WV/12/5729 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.