A thief who struck four times in four days at e-cigarette shops in Blackpool stole items worth more than £1,700.
Two town centre shops, on Corporation Street and Church Street, were hit by the crook between September 21 and 25.
The criminal was unable to gain access to one of the above premises because of metal bars underneath the skylight window
Police are urging business owners to review security in the wake of the sudden crime wave. The thief first struck overnight between September 21 and 22 on Corporation Street.
They smashed through a skylight at the shop, which had been locked up when staff left, and stole ten items worth £975.
They returned to the same shop two nights later –again targeting the skylight – and stole battery packs worth around £100.
The following night, between 6pm on Thursday and 10.30am on Friday, they struck at the same store for a third time – but were foiled by metal bars that had been installed to secure the skylight.
The offender caused £100 of damage when they smashed the skylight on that occasion, police said.
The same night, a nearby e-cigarette store on Church Street was broken into and items worth £650 were taken.
On that occasion, the thief smashed a window to gain access to the property.
Police believe the same gang are behind all four offences and are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help with their inquiries.
Sue Blackburn, Lancashire Police watch liaison officer, urged businesses to take steps to stop thieves.
She said: “Please review your premises and take all the crime prevention precautions that you are able.
“The criminal was unable to gain access to one of the above premises because of metal bars underneath the skylight window.
“If you have skylight windows, it would be worthwhile investing in metal bars to protect your business premises.”
Anyone with information about any of the incidents listed should call police on 101.