Determined thieves certainly put their backs into a Leyland robbery when they tried to make their escape while dragging a heavy safe across a bowling green.
But the criminals soon gave up their heist of Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, and abandoned the safe in the club’s car park.
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, February 22, when two men broke into the social club through a door and tried to force the lock open on the safe.
When they were unsuccessful, they decided to take the whole thing with them, but soon realised it was too heavy to get off the premises.
After hauling it across the bowling green, they left it on the car park for startled staff to find the next morning.
Vice chairman of the club, David Bradshaw, said: “They broke in and caused damage to the doors, but fortunately they didn’t get away with anything.
“We’ve looked at the CCTV and it seems like these people were waiting in the wings and attacked the club.
“It’s like a lot of things these days; people attack places in the middle of the night.”
Police were called just before 8am on Sunday and believe the robbery took place between 1.30am and 7.15am that morning.
A police spokesman said: “Two men forced entry through a door and into the office, and tried to force the lock on the safe.
“They also damaged two games machines and got £20 in cash from those.
“They dragged the safe onto the bowling green and left it on the car park.”
The first man is described as white, of medium build and wearing a blue jacket, dark blue jeans, black gloves and dark footwear.
The second man is white, of slim build, wearing a blue hooded top, light blue jeans, a cap and dark footwear.
If anyone has any information about the crime, call the police’s dedicated non-emergency number, 101.