THIEVES broke into a village pub while the landlady was sleeping and stole thousands of pounds in cash.
A safe containing the money along with the till tray was stolen from the Cross Tree Inn at Byfield between 2.30am and 6.30am on Friday morning.
On the opposite side of the Banbury Road, Judd’s Garage was also broken into and batteries stolen between 1pm on Thursday and 9.45am Friday.
The break in at the pub has left the landlady shaken up.
Bridgid Hurn told the Daventry Express: “They have come in through a fire door, ripped out the alarms and taken this huge safe.
“When I found out what had happened, I was creeped out because I sleep next door to where the safe is kept.”
The safe was found opened and empty later the same day in a field in Litchborough,
Mrs Hurn added: “We had no money in the pub and yet we had still got to open later.
“It is very hard for all of us in the pub trade at the moment to try and make a living without having something like this happen.
“The future of the pub will depend on how much you can stand to lose in one go and this is a huge amount.”
A police spokesman said a connection between the two break-ins is currently being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 03000 111 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.