Crime tastes good, always Coca-Cola: Hooligans ransack Manchester petrol station for just two bottles of coke

By Dean Wilkins

Two cheapskates who smashed their way into a Manchester petrol station to steal two bottles of coke are being hunted by police.

CCTV images of one of the thieves is being released by officers after the Total Rontec station, Eccles New Road, Weaste, was raided at 4am on October 10.

Two hooligans hurled abuse at the late night member of staff before violent forcing their way into the building, stealing two bottles of fizzy pop and fleeing.

The terrified cashier was extremely shook up by the brutish incident and police are appealing to the public for help catching the pair.

Police Constable Matt Galbraith said: “Working the night shift at a petrol station can be an uncomfortable experience, particularly when people leave pubs or clubs in a drunken state and are looking for food.

“However, the aggression, abuse and violence these men displayed is particularly shocking. They literally smashed down a glass door after hurling insults at the shop assistant, before stealing two soft drinks.

“Clearly the shop assistant was extremely shook up and we need to find the two men who could resort to such measures.

“We have released a good CCTV still of one of the offenders and I would appeal to anyone who recognises this man to come forward. One of the men was wearing yellow jeans which were quite distinctive so if you remember this man on a night out, then again we need to hear from you.”

The first man is described as white, of a heavy build with a shaved head and wearing a red jacket or top and yellow jeans.

The other offender was white, of a stocky build, with short fair hair and wearing a grey tracksuit.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5250 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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