An appeal has been launched following a mean-spirited theft from a retirement housing complex in Preston.
Police say thieves targeted Astley Court on Cromwell Street, which is run by Community Gateway, on November 15.
The thieves are said to have taken food and drink which the elderly tenants were going to enjoy over the festive period.
Bottles of wine, chocolates and spirits were all taken in the 'cruel' theft.
PC Mo Badat and PCSO Ross Tinline of Preston police said: "A theft occurred at Astley Court, Preston.
"A person with access to the building entered the communal area and unscrewed locks from a locked storage room, the person then proceeded to take various wines, spirits, chocolates, biscuits and items of clothing all of which were to be enjoyed by the elderly residents over the Festive period.
"This is a particularly cruel thing to do in the run up to Christmas - stealing gifts collected by the residents for their Christmas and New Year's parties.
"If anyone has information regarding this incident please get in touch."
However, bosses at Community Gateway have said they intend to replace the stolen items to ensure that the tenants still have a good Christmas.
A spokesperson for CGA said “It’s really sad for this to happen but we will work hard to make sure the tenants have great Christmas and feel safe.”
Anyone with information should contact police on either 101 or online quoting log 0509 of November 15.