A masked gang who brandished machetes and a sawn-off shotgun at pub-restaurant staff tore out the pub’s CCTV system, detectives revealed today.
Robbers stole £1,500 cash during the raid at the Pig and Whistle in Lea, Preston, on December 23.
They then stole the CCTV system’s hard drive and ripped out a camera.
Police say the raiders burst into the bar on Blackpool Road at around 1.45am and demanded cash, as three employees cleared up the pub and prepared to eat a takeaway they had ordered.
They threatened the staff members and then tied their hands behind their backs.
Today Det Sgt John Crichton of Preston CID, said: “We are working on the possibility the offenders could have been in the pub beforehand and spotted the CCTV system.
“The pub is in fairly quiet area, surrounded by a church and residential properties so we believe they had parked a car up somewhere to make their getaway.
“We are asking anyone who spotted a waiting car to come forward.
“The staff, although not physically harmed, are very shaken by what happened.”
He added officers believed the criminals had got into the pub through an insecure window.
“The offenders are described as having Liverpudlian accents.
All four men were said to be wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The pub is open for business.