Police are concerned after thousands of pounds worth of E-Cigarettes were stolen from New Milton
Thieves raided the store in New Milton was broken into between 6pm on Tuesday, March 8 and 8am on Wednesday, March 9.
Police believe up to £4000 worth of stock was stolen including atomisers, batteries and mouth pieces amongst other accessories. Brands include Smok, Coolfire and Fuchai.
Officers are concerned the items stolen from the store are now being sold on and used by people under 16 who have not been given advice on how to assemble and use electronic cigarettes safely.
Staffs are extremely concerned for the safety of the users. The store enforces a very strict over 18’s policy to ensure that anyone purchasing their equipment knows how to set it up safely and use it correctly.
Many of the components stolen are not compatible and if they are assembled incorrectly there is a risk of them overheating, catching fire and even exploding in extreme cases.
PC Anthony Thurston from New Milton Police Station said: “Some equipment has already been taken back to the store by concerned parents and it is clear some of the electronics have not been put together properly.
“I would urge anyone that has been given e-cigarettes, purchased them outside of a licensed premises, or taken any electronic cigarette equipment to come forward and hand in any paraphernalia at their nearest police station. Alternatively call 101. And quote 44160096101.”