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Aldi clean up amid coronavirus pressure after burglars' booze raid

By Jordan Reynolds | Dudley | Crime | Published:

Thieves smashed their way into an Aldi supermarket facing coronavirus pressures before fleeing with booze.

The smashed window after the break-in at Aldi in Priory Road, Dudley. Image: Julianne Wright/ Facebook

Stores have been facing huge queues of people and panic shopping in the wake of the outbreak.

And now Aldi workers in Dudley faced a clean up before shoppers arrived this morning.

The view from inside Aldi. Photo: Julianne Wright/ Facebook

A gang broke into the Dudley store, at the corner of Birmingham New Road and Priory Road, in the early hours today (THURS).

Glass was shattered as they broke in through the front door of the supermarket on the site of the former King Arthur pub.

It scattered around the entrance as the burglars forced their way inside the store at around 2am to steal alcohol.

The Aldi store's smashed doors. Image: Julianne Wright/ Facebook

The group escaped in a silver Ford Fiesta, prompting an appeal by West Midlands Police officers.

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Images of the smashed store have been shared thousands of times on Facebook.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information about the break-in to come forward.

The boarded up window is visible as the store reopens to customers

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "CCTV enquiries are ongoing as investigations continue."

Anyone with information can call 101 anytime or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference number 20DY/76827X/20.

The shop was due to open at 8am but had to open at 9.15am today.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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