Cigarette Heist at Rennie’s, 1967


Health-Campaigners-Call-For-A-Tobacco-Levy-To-Help-Smokers-QuitWho remembers Rennie’s Shop in Coatshill? Did you know in 1967, a massive quantity of cigarettes were stolen from the shop.

In the early hours of Friday 19th May 1967, almost 26,000 cigarettes were stolen in an audacious heist! Two 20 year old young men from Burnbank, under cover of darkness broke into the shop and they knew exactly what they were after. They made straight for  the cigarettes carting off such quantity without being detected that it was likely they returned to get the rest.

Following a police tip off, both men were discovered later in the week with the merchandise and remanded in custody.

From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018


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