A flirty thief distracted staff at a Leyland arcade as his accomplices broke into machines and made off with jackpot sums of money.
The trio of men had been staking out Harts Amusements in Hough Lane for weeks before carrying out the covert operation which saw them casually leave the shop with more than £1,000 in cash.
Police have told how the group made their final visit to the arcade in broad daylight during a Saturday afternoon, before leaving the premise with wads of cash, undetected.
Leyland police inspector Steve Evans said: “While one of the males distracted staff, the other two opened the machines with what is believed to be a screwdriver and inserted an unknown device into the machines.
“The device activated the motors in the machines, causing them to pay out the full floats.”
The men made off with £1,125 in cash, without being noticed. A worker at the town centre shop said the thieves had been coming in for weeks, and described them as being ‘flirty and cheeky’.
No other customers were in the arcade at the time of the theft, which happened on March 16 between 12.10pm and 12.55pm.
Insp Evans added: “These thieves have been absolutely brazen in their approach to the commission of this particular crime.
“If anybody knows them, please get in touch.”
If you have any information about the incident, call Lancashire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.