SOME criminals will go to extreme lengths to commit crime.
They go to enormous trouble to steal what, to most of us, might seem like trivial items.
My colleagues in Dewsbury are currently investigating two burglaries at Co-op stores in the area after large amounts of cigarettes were stolen.
The cigarettes were valued at thousands of pounds and we believe the raids were carried out by the same gang of thieves, who were obviously determined to get away with their haul.
They stole boxes of cigarettes which they will no doubt try to sell on at a fraction of the real value.
But in doing so, they also caused extensive damage to both stores.
The first raid was at 10.45pm on January 9, when three men broke into the Co-op store in Thornhill.
They prised open security shutters with a crowbar and smashed a window.
Once inside, the suspects jumped over the counter and broke through into the cigarette store before stealing over £3,000 worth of cigarettes.
The suspects left through the damaged window and made off in an unknown direction.
That burglary took place a week before a similar crime was committed at the Co-op store in Mirfield.
Then the burglars struck at around 00.50am on the morning of January 16.
They drove up in a dark-coloured Mercedes style saloon car and reversed the vehicle through the window of the shop on Old Bank Road, Mirfield.
Three men wearing balaclavas got into the store through the damaged window, returning with a large container of cigarettes also valued in the thousands of pounds.
The three men then got back into the car – which was driven by a fourth man – before it made off at speed along Sunny Bank Avenue.
The three suspects were all men wearing light grey or white tops, one of which had a stripe down one arm.
The driver of the car was wearing a dark coloured top.
We are now releasing CCTV images from the Thornhill burglary in an attempt to trace the suspects in the crime.
I would also appeal to anyone who is offered packs of cigarettes at cut-price rates to think about where they have come from and to get in touch with police.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Dewsbury CID or the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing team via 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.