STAFF at an Ashington dance studio disturbed burglars carrying out a raid but couldn’t stop them getting away with a haul including more than £200 worth of cigarettes.
Workers at Tempo Dance Fitness caught the two thieves red-handed at 7.40pm on Friday, March 18.
The burglars then fled from the Hawthorn Road studio with around 30 packets of cigarettes from a vending machine, a bottle of Sambuca and a small amount of cash.
The men were described as being in their late teens, around 5ft 9in to 6ft tall and of slim and medium build.
One was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a khaki-coloured waterproof jacket. The other was wearing a camouflage jacket.
The pair ran off in the direction of Hirst Park.
Anyone in Hawthorn Road around that time who saw anything that might help police investigating the theft is asked to call them on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.