Thieves have left a trail of destruction in their wake, but made off empty-handed, following a pre-dawn raid targeting a Helensburgh supermarket.
Police were alerted to a ram raid at the suburb’s Coles branch, on Walker Street, shortly before 4am Wednesday.
They arrived to find the aftermath of a vehicle having been driven through the sliding entry doors of the premises.
Two employees were inside the building when the car smashed the glass doors inward but walked away uninjured.
Police say the offenders left the area and empty-handed, making off in a light blue sedan with slight rear-end damage.
Police from Wollongong Local Area Command have captured CCTV footage from the area and an investigation is underway.
The raid comes six months after thieves targeted Helensburgh’s only bank in similar style, leaving the branch in ruins and unable to trade for several days.
On that occasion, residents of Parkes Street were startled from their sleep about 2.20am on November 23, as a Nissan Patrol smashed inside the Illawarra Credit Union. The car took out the shop front and pushed over the ATM.
Police are urging anyone with information that could be relevant to their investigation to contact Crime Stoppers. Phone 1800 333 000.