MASKED raiders smashed their way into a garage on the A38, before making off with a haul of cigarettes.
The thieves struck at the BP station on the southbound carriageway, near Egginton, at 1am this morning.
Two men forced their way through the front door of the garage, which was closed at the time, before jumping over the counter and helping themselves to cigarettes.
The smash-and-grab raid lasted only five minutes, with the pair fleeing in a dark Vauxhall Vectra towards Willington.
Derbyshire Police believe the break-in may have been interrupted and are calling on anyone with any information to come forward.
A force spokesman said: "A witness has told us they were both white and escaped in a dark car.
“We have studied CCTV of the burglary and it shows the two men were wearing hoodies and had scarves covering their faces.
"A large amount of cigarettes appear to have been stolen, though a lot were left behind which tallies with them being disturbed.
“The garage was closed at the time and no-one was inside or hurt.
"We would appeal to anybody in the surrounding area who saw a suspicious vehicle driving away at speed to contact us on 101."
A member of staff told the Mail: "The assistant manager was called at 1.30am. As far as I know it was just cigarettes taken. We are not 24-hours on this side so we were shut at the time."