Police are on the hunt for thieves who broke into a services station and stole a large quantity of cigarettes south of Townsville.

Officers conducting patrols in Ayr came across a service station that had been broken into at 4.30am on Sunday.

Police said a large quantity of cigarettes were stolen but the value is unknown at this stage.

Investigations are ongoing.

Extracted in full from: Thieves strip Ayr service station of cigarettes in break-in | Townsville Bulletin