Raiders smashed their way into a music shop before making off with thousands of pounds worth of guitars, amplifiers, and audio systems.
Staff at Rimmers Music, in Devonshire Road, Blackpool, were left counting the cost and literally picking up the pieces after thieves also kicked in a glass door, tore an alarm system from the wall, and damaged equipment inside the shop.
Manager Barry Mills, 44, said: “It feels like I have been burgled myself at my own home. They are the lowest of the low to have targeted a small shop, causing the amount of damage they done.”
Two men in a van pulled onto the shop’s forecourt at around 3.30am on Sunday, police said.
They forced their way inside and began loading the van with their looted goods.
They fled after being challenged by a neighbour.
Barry said the pair grabbed around 18 electric guitars that were on show, bending several display hooks and cutting security cables in their hurry, a quantity of amplifiers, a computer system, and a boxed Yamaha PA system worth around £600.
The thieves also took a computer system used as a till.
Barry said: “I would say for the goods alone it’s around £5,000. The damage is quite severe in some cases but we are just getting on with it. We’re still open and teaching lessons.”
A 36-year-old man from Salford was arrested on suspicion of burglary following Sunday’s break-in.
He was stopped in a van on the M61 by officers from Greater Manchester Police, and later bailed until Monday, December 7. Police are continuing to investigate.