A COUPLE were robbed in a cash and carry store’s car park – the latest in a series of terrifying raids.
Now police are warning others after a spate of thefts at the store in Deighton – and they fear the thieves could strike again.
They have been watching customers leaving Batleys Cash and Carry and then stealing valuable items such as cigarettes from them in the car park.
The latest brazen theft was on Saturday morning when a shop-owner couple had 500 cigarettes stolen after visiting the popular cash and carry founded by Huddersfield tycoon and philanthropist Lawrence Batley.
Police now want to warn other customers to be extra careful when loading their cars or vans up with stock.
A police investigation is under way and CCTV footage of the incident is being viewed.
Mukhtiar and Gurbind Singh Hans became the latest victims at around 11am.
They were loading 500 cigarettes into the back of their van when a second van pulled up alongside them.
As Mr Singh Hans returned a trolley, a man jumped out of the second van and grabbed hold of the stock.
Mrs Singh Hans cut her finger on the van door as she tried to hold on to the stock, but the thief managed to drive off with the cigarettes.
The couple say they were told by staff that there had been another five similar incidents at Batleys.
They are now warning other people to stay near their cars when loading merchandise and to lock them before returning trolleys.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that officers were investigating a number of similar incidents at the Deighton depot.
Det Con Mark Dobson said: “This cash and carry has been subjected to similar incidents which have occurred near to closing time – although this particular incident wasn’t.
“The vehicle used by the thieves was on false number plates, so further inquiries are being made to find out where the number plates have come from.
“CCTV from the store is being looked at as part of the investigation.”
Anyone with information about the theft on Saturday morning – or any of the others – should ring 0845 6060606 and ask to contact CID in Huddersfield.