Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following an aggravated burglary at a Widnes pub.
At around 11.45pm on Sunday 22 September three unknown men forced their way into the living quarters of the Four Topped Oak public house on Hough Green Road.
Once inside, one of the men punched a member of staff in the face and ordered him to take them to the safe.
They also ordered the victim to tell them where any other money was stored.
The men then stole all of the cash from the safe, along with money from a number of gaming machines.
The offenders also stole a second safe which they had been unable to open.
The victim was then locked inside an area of the pub and told not to come out for at least an hour.
The man who assaulted the victim was white and around 5’ 9” tall. He had ginger stubble and was wearing a black balaclava and dark ski-type gloves.
One of the other offenders was also a white man with a black balaclava concealing his face. He had black stubble and was wearing dark clothing.
The final offender had a slight build. He had his face covered and was wearing a green/brown outdoor jacket and had grey/green walking boots on.
An investigation into the incident has been launched and detectives want to hear from anyone with any information or footage which may assist with their enquires.
Detective Constable Chris Kearney, of Widnes CID, said: “Thankfully the victim did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the assault he was subjected to as part of the burglary.
“However, the ordeal has understandably left him extremely shaken up and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the men responsible and bring them to justice.
“Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of the investigation I want to hear from anyone who believes that they may have relevant information regarding the burglary or the offenders, no matter how small.
“I also urge drivers with any dashcam footage who were driving on Hough Green Road between 11.30pm on Sunday 22 September and 1am on Monday 23 September to get in touch.
“I ask anyone with any information or footage regarding the burglary to contact the team here at Widnes CID on 101, quoting IML 520440.”
Information can also be given online at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.