RAIDERS smashed their way into a South Derbyshire pub – and stole £3,000 from a row of gaming machines.
The gang struck after breaking into the Sir Nigel Gresley pub on The Delph, Swadlincote, early yesterday.
They battered open four gaming machines and pocketed an estimated £3,000 haul before searching the premises and fleeing.
Police are now searching for witnesses and anyone who might have seen people acting suspiciously in the area.
Pub manager Phil Hughes told the Mail: “The gang smashed their way in through a conservatory window and made their way straight to the gaming machines.
“They smashed them to pieces before taking out all the cash, in change, from the machines. They searched the rest of the pub but did not take anything else.
“I believe an estimated £3,000 was taken from inside the machines – this is my takings as the physical machines are only owned by an outside firm.
“We were closed for a few hours in the morning while police forensic officers looked for fingerprints and evidence but we were soon back open for business.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “The incident is believed to have taken place between 1.10am and 1.30am.
“The intruders smashed a glass panel in the conservatory at the premises and emptied gaming machines onsite
“We would now ask any members of the public to get in touch if they know anything about what happened or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area.”
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.