Bosses at a Fleetwood club have been left counting the cost after raiders caused thousands of pounds of damage by smashing down doors and stealing cash.
Police are now appealing for any information which may help catch the gang after the raid on Fleetwood Working Men’s Club in Warren Street.
They got hold of bottles of spirits from the bar and poured it all over the fruit machines, presumably to try and get rid of finger prints
The burglars made off with around £500 pounds in cash after ransacking the main office and breaking into four fruit machines.
But the stolen cash was dwarfed by the huge amount of damage caused in the break-in.
Thieves smashed up the premises – including its CCTV system – destroying six door frames and the four fruit machines.
The incident happened in the early hours of Monday, March 9, between 2am and 5am, but police have only just now released details.
Officers say the break-in appeared to be well planned.
The intruders also made off with a large, flat screen TV.
Club treasurer Jim Boyd, said: “They smashed through six doors and wrecked the hinges, smashed up a desk and did a lot of damage to our four fruit machines which have had to be sent away for fixing.
“They got hold of bottles of spirits from the bar and poured it all over the fruit machines, presumably to try and get rid of finger prints.
“Empty bottles of vodka, whiskey and Southern Comfort were all over the floor.
Although we have not quite finalised the total yet, the total damage will run into thousands of pounds, with the door frames, the machines and the CCTV system.
“It is obviously a real nuisance and it is taking a lot of time to sort it all out. They just trashed the place.”
Mr Boyd said the club had needed to get a replacement CCTV system quickly, and it is now in place.
The club is looking into whether insurance will cover the cost of the raid.
Sgt Chris Sanderson, of Fleetwood Police, is appealing to the public for any information which may lead to the culprits being apprehended.
Sgt Sanderson said: “This appears to be a pre-planned offence and the suspects have clearly taken the time to do a lot of preparation.
“We are very keen to apprehend them and any help from the public would be appreciated.”
Anyone able to help can phone the non-emergency number 101, quoting log number 0126 of March 9, or call the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.