WORKERS at a popular cafe have spoken of their shock after nearly £2,000 was taken in a burglary.
Thieves took a safe containing £1,500 after breaking into the Penguin Cafe in Lee-on-the-Solent.
They also stole £300 in coins from the shop’s till.
The staff who work there are now bracing themselves for a tough month ahead as they try to make up for the loss.
They have also installed alarms and CCTV cameras to stop it happening again.
Ray Paterson, a chef at the cafe in Marine Parade West, said: ‘We are only a small business and to be hit like this obviously makes things hard for us.
‘We’re going to find it hard now for the next month.
‘I found out it had happened because I was the one who was opening up – I was quite shocked.
‘It knocks the staff as well because we have worked hard to make that money.’
It is the second time the cafe has been burgled.
More cash was stolen in a raid in October last year.
As a result of the thefts, money is no longer left on the site overnight.
Mr Paterson added: ‘It feels a bit like we are being targeted.
‘It seems like it could have been the same person that did it. We hope people will give us all the support they can to help us.’
Hampshire Constabulary has put out an appeal for information.
The break-in happened at some point between 7pm on New Year’s Day and 7.35am on Monday.
Oil drums placed in front of the shop’s back door had been moved out of the way.
A panel was then removed from the door for the burglars to get in.
Anyone with information should call PC Samantha Gee at Gosport police station on 101. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.