John Kaila, 24 November 2015

TWO masked men armed with a sledge hammer smashed their way into a service station before stealing a cigarette machine containing thousands of dollars of smokes.

The duo, captured on CCTV, loaded the large metal vending machine onto the back of a Toyota Hilux or similar vehicle and then fled the scene.

It happened on Princes Highway, in Mulgrave, at 2.30am on Sunday 15 November.

They were last seen driving east on the Princes Highway.

Monash Crime Investigation Unit detectives said “both men covered their faces with material to disguise their identities.”

The first thief is described as having a medium build and wearing an orange and blue ‘tradie’ style hooded jumper.

The second thief is described as having a solid build and wearing a blue, black and grey hooded jacket with tan pants.

“The cigarette container was subsequently found by police in Danita Drive, North Warrandyte, and is believed to have been dumped a short time after the burglary,” Acting Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said.

All the cigarettes were missing from the machine.

Police have released the CCTV and images of the pair in the hope it will assist the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE or go to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.