Thieves broke into a Leyland industrial unit and stole a van and hi-tech equipment worth £5,5000.
The incident happened at around 3pm at Onsite on Marathon Place.
Thieves smashed a window at the building and removed a fire door using a crow bar.
They then stole a Renault Trafic van with tools and electrical equipment inside.
This included hands free kits, an angle grinder, a nail gun, drills, and a circular saw.
The van was fitted with a tracker system which traced the vehicle to Manchester, where Greater Manchester Police tracked the signal down and the tracking system was found on the floor.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.