RAIDERS stole Christmas deposits and alcohol worth thousands of pounds from a restaurant.
Burglars broke in to The Vedas, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, via a fire exit at the rear of the building.
They gained entry to the safe and stole £500 of deposits for Christmas bookings.
The raiders also cleared out wine racks and made off with more than £1,000 of alcohol.
Manager Abdul Moshaid said it appeared the thieves had come prepared as the safe had been forced open with metal cutters.
“I think they know people are heavily stocked at this time of year and people have a lot of goods,” he said.
“They took the batteries and fuses out of the alarm so it didn’t go off.
“We have a cage protecting the safe, but they managed to get through that.”
The restaurant was able to open on Monday but slightly later than usual as staff had to repair some of the damage.
Abdul said it has been targeted several times before and he was now in discussions with police about extra security measures.
“We are hoping to get some new CCTV cameras fitted,” he said.
“And we are going to get a better alarm system, rigged up to the police station.”
Police said: “A large amount of cash and alcohol were taken from the premises between 11.30pm on December 18 and 4.45pm on December 19. Our inquiries are still going on.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team via the new non-emergency telephone number 101.