A DIY store has upgraded its security system after robbers stole about £30,000 worth of electric power tools during an audacious hour-long raid.
The crooks had forced their way into B&Q on Station Road, Ellesmere Port between 9-11pm on Sunday, March 9 and took about 180 cordless drills.
These comprised 20 models including makes such as Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, AEG and Ryobi.
Police believe the theft may be linked to a similar raid at a B&Q store on Northwich retail park on September 9 last year. In that incident, a large amount of power tools was stolen between 9.45-11.45pm.
Cheshire police spokeswoman Jacqui Hanson said: “The offenders are thought to have remained on the premises for about an hour.
“They would have needed some form of substantial van, or a small lorry or transit, or a number of cars in order to remove the quantity of tools.
“Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have been passing the store on the evening and who may have seen any activity inside.
“The tools will be sold on so police are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been offered similar tools in circumstances they now consider suspicious.”
A spokesperson for B&Q said: “We’re currently working with the police who are investigating the incident and we’re upgrading the security system in place in the store.”
If you have any information, contact Constable Kevin Green on 01244 613010 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.