Raiders smashed their way in to a Blackpool bakery and helped themselves to more than £1,000 from the safe inside.
The gangkicked down the front door of Sayers, on Layton Road, Layton, leaving glass strewn across the floor, in the early hours of yesterday.
We are asking people in the area who have got their own private CCTV to come forward
Detectives believe they used a vehicle waiting nearby to get away with the store’s safe, which had around £1,200 in it.
The thieves would then have taken it somewhere else before trying to break it open to get at the haul inside, police said.
Police say the raiders struck at around 2am and are now appealing for anyone in the area who has CCTV footage that may help with inquiries.
It is thought anyone in the area at the time would have heard them break in and walk out with the safe and its contents.
Det Con Emma Shuttleworth, of Blackpool CID, is investigating the offence.
She said: “They must have had a vehicle because of the size of the safe.
“They gained entry by kicking in the front door, which is a wooden-paned full-fronted glass window. It is now totally shattered.”
She said the noise of them breaking down the door may have alerted passersby to what was going on.
She added: “The offenders broke in during the early hours of the morning and stole a safe containing around £1,200.
“It is likely these people knew what they were doing.
“We are asking for any people in the area who have got their own private CCTV to come forward.
“Also, if anybody heard or saw anything, please get in touch.”
No other items were reported stolen during the raid and no descriptions of the offenders have yet been issued.
Investigations are ongoing into the offence.
Nobody at Sayers was available for comment yesterday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Emma Shuttleworth at Blackpool CID on 101, quoting log number 131 of April 13.