Parents and children were left distraught when a masked raider smashed his way into a Blackpool Nursery – to grab just £15
Staff had to turn mums and dads away at the door following the burglary in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving many searching for alternative childcare or forced to take the day off work.
Glass was left strewn in the doorway of the Village Nursery in Lytham Road.
A childrens’ bookcase was then used to smash toughened glass to gain access to the office which was ransacked.
Nursery owner Joan Harris said staff were upset to have to close the nursery doors.
She said: “He has smashed a double glazed window at the side to get in.
“Then he’s used a book case as a battering ram to break through toughened glass to get into the office.
“Not a lot was taken, maybe £15 in petty cash. There wasn’t even a lot of damage.
“But we had to clean up and that meant we had to close.”
The discovery was made on Wednesday morning with no time for parents to be informed.
Joan said:“My manager discovered it when she turned up to open up just before 8am.
“We had parents turning up and we had no option other than to turn them away.
“The staff, parents and children were all upset.
“It’s not cost a lot to fix but we’ve had to increase our security, improve our alarms to try and stop it happening again.
“You’ve got to ask, who would break into a nursery, just for so little.
“Police think it might be drug related.”
The nursery re-opened on Thursday and police are now investigating the break-in.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting crime reference WA1706637