Six charged after theft at Bourne’s Co-operative Food store

Co-operative Food in Bourne
Co-operative Food in Bourne

Six people have been charged after a break-in at the Co-operative Food in the Burghley Centre, Bourne, on Monday night.

Thieves got into the store via the roof and targeted the tobacco kiosk.

It was discovered when staff arrived at work on Tuesday morning and the shop was closed for a short time that morning, while police enquiries were carried out.

Staff from the Co-operative said a “substantial amount of cigarette stock” was stolen.

A spokesman from Central England Co-operative said: “We can confirm that a burglary took place in the early hours of Tuesday, April 26, at our food store in The Burghley Centre, Bourne while it was closed.

“Offenders entered the building and took a substantial amount of cigarette stock and we are helping the police with their on-going investigation.

“The store is trading as normal and we thank customers and colleagues for their support and patience during this time.”

On Tuesday,five men and one woman were arrested in the West Midlands area in connection with the offence.

They were later charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal and were due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court yesterday – but no details were available at the time of going to press.

The charged people are: Iacomi Elena Cerasela (female), aged 26, of South Road, Soho, Birmingham

Florin Virgil Gradinaru, aged 32, of Nineveh Road, Birmingham

Petre Dumitru Ilie, aged 41, no address listed

Marian Ionel Raduica, aged 35, Nineveh Road, Birmingham

Viorel Romanescu, aged 35, South Road, Soho, Birmingham

Laurentiu Leontin Smeu, aged 26, no address listed

Police are still appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious to call the non-emergency 101 number.