THIEVES stole more than £1,000 in a break-in at a café.
Police were called to Taste Buds on High Street, Wrexham, at 8.30am yesterday after the theft was discovered.
The thieves’ haul included change from a staff Christmas tips jar.
They even unwrapped a Christmas present of socks left on the premises and took those too, leaving the wrapping paper in the bin.
Café owner Pam Fisher spoke of her shock at discovering the burglary.
She said: “I arrived at about 8am and unlocked the café as usual, but when I went to the back door I noticed it was open.
“I panicked and quickly looked around to see if anything had been taken and found the safe, cash box and tip jars all missing.”
Mrs Fisher said about £1,000 was taken in total as well as more than £50 in staff tips, which were being saved for Christmas.
“We have lost three days’ takings and that was from our busiest days of Friday, Saturday and Monday too,” Mrs Fisher said.
“I was absolutely gutted when I found out.
“There was two of us here and I know I locked everything up at 3pm and there were four bolts across the back door.
“They probably came over the roofs here. I just hope CCTV will pick it up.”
Mrs Fisher added: “I am hoping the insurance will pay out and do something about it.
“But if they don’t then we are going to be struggling because we are only a small business.”
Despite the break-in, Mrs Fisher says this is the first problem of this nature she has had and said she still thinks High Street is a safe location for her café.
North Wales Police spokesman Kevin Evans said: “A person or persons forced their way in through the rear door of the building and have stolen a quantity of cash including staff tips from glass jars.”
Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious is urged to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number RC13205069.