OFFENDERS who backed a car into a glass wall of a Glenorchy service station are still on the run.

Tasmania Police Inspector Grant Twining said the offenders escaped in a blue Subaru about a minute before police officers arrived in the early hours of this morning.

The car was driven away with its lights off.

Insp Twining said it was possible there were about three people involved.

It was uncertain what had been stolen from the Coles Express store on Main Rd, but there were cigarettes on the glass wall and other items close by, Inspector Twining said.

The ram raid took place about 1.30am, setting off alarms and quickly noticed by people nearby.

Insp Twining said it was believed the car reversed into the shop, which was unoccupied at the time.

“It was clear at the time the business was closed,” Insp Twining said.

He said any incident of this sort affected businesses and workers.

The service station was open today, with the smashed wall boarded up.

Launceston suffered a series of ram-raids last month.

Insp Twining asked anyone with information to contact Glenorchy detectives through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE.

Extracted in full from Perth Now.