Article by Joe Sturdy: Up to 50 mobile phones were stolen in a burglary of the Carphone Warehouse store in Billericay.
Police were called just before 5.30am to the High Street to reports of the break-in at the store.
They found someone had forced their way into the rear of the Costa Coffee shop next door and then got in to the Carphone Warehouse.
Between 40 and 50 mobile phones had been taken.
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Residents reported that three police forensics vans were seen outside on Saturday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.
People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via an anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org