An accountancy boss has slammed burglars after they raided her new town centre premises.
Simple Accounting, which recently opened on Blackburn Road in Accrington replacing the long-standing F Stanley and Son jewellery store, was ransacked on Sunday afternoon.
Police said the crooks smashed through a wooden door and stole a laptop and two computer hard drives.
Owner Laura Bolton said it is ‘very disheartening and frustrating’.
She said: “I’m not angry about it as it’s just one of those things.
“It’s just really disheartening when you are trying to establish a new business and something like this happens.
“We have only been there since October and to be attacked by them is very frustrating more than anything.
“There was paperwork everywhere and they had been through all the drawers and cupboards to see what they could find.”
Laura, 35, previously ran the business from her home in Accrington for five years before expanding into the former jewellery shop and employing three staff.
She said: “The builder was there on Sunday as we are having a new extension built on the back.
“He was there until 1pm and said everything was fine when he left.
“I then got a call from the tenant who lives in the flat upstairs to say someone had broken in.
“I was going to go on Sunday night but I didn’t think there was much I could do so I came in at 6am on Monday morning to clear up after them.
“Fortunately all the staff take their laptops home with them. They only laptop they took was a very old one which we use for a website and doesn’t have a lot of information on it so it’s not valuable at all.”
She added: “I know there are other businesses being targeted at the moment so I wanted to make people on Blackburn Road aware that it’s happening here as well.”
Lancashire Police said the incident happened sometime between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday, February 28.
A spokesperson said: “Unknown offenders have entered the rear of the town centre property through the ground floor and forced open a wooden door.
"Once inside they have stolen a silver Notebook laptop worth £150 and two hard drives worth £160.”
No arrests have been made. Call police on 101 quoting crime reference number ED1602949.