RAIDERS carried out a late- night raid on a bakers and made off with a “substantial” amount of cash.
A delivery driver for Greggs noticed a break in at Hartlepool’s Belle Vue Way store at around 4am yesterday.
Intruders had managed to make their way into the store and escaped with the safe.
Greggs bosses couldn’t reveal exactly how much was taken, but confirmed the amount was substantial.
However, the money will prove useless to the intruders.
The store operates a smoke spray which covers the cash in dye if anyone tries to get away with the safe.
As well as ensuring the money cannot be spent, it also makes it easier to trace the thieves.
Despite the overnight raid, damage to the bakers was said to be “minimal” and it was trading as normal yesterday.
Detectives investigating the break-in believe the shop was targeted between 11pm on Thursday night and 4am yesterday and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
A Greggs spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the store was broken into but minimal damage was caused and it was open as normal on Friday.
“A delivery driver discovered what had happened at around 4am on Thursday and made the correct people aware of what had happened.
“We do have a smoke spray system which activates in circumstances such as this one and sprays the cash in dye which renders the money useless.
“It also helps us in tracing the thieves.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “It is believed the shop was targeted between 11pm on Thursday and 4am the next morning.
“A substantial amount of cash which was in the safe was taken.”
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Hanson at Hartlepool CID on (01642) 302110.