Police hunting thieves who stole cash from a Preston supermarket believe the same gang could have struck twice in one day.
Detectives are linking the raid on the Aldi store in Corporation Street with a similar theft 25 miles away in Burnley just a few hours later.
CCTV pictures of three men wanted for questioning have been released in the hope members of the public can identify them.
But officers believe a fourth person – a woman in a white cardigan – could also have been involved.
“An investigation is underway, but I would appeal to anybody that recognises any of the three men pictured to come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101,” said PC Emma Jackson.
The Preston raid happened at around 3.30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Three men distracted a member of staff while a fourth person, believed to be female, forced open two till drawers and stole the cash.
Police are refusing to say how much was taken from the store. But later the same day they were called to an almost identical theft from another Aldi supermarket, this time in Active Way, Burnley.
Once again three men are believed to have caused a distraction while a fourth person grabbed takings from a till.
Descriptions of the gang are sketchy, but it is thought two of the men were Asian, while the other man and the woman were white.
The white male was wearing a white top, dark torusers and white trainers, while the other two men were dressed in dark clothing.
Anyone with information should ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.