Burglars spent up to an hour emptying a Bradford takeaway of all its catering equipment, even disconnecting gas pipes to ensure they left nothing behind.
Mary D’s in Cleckheaton, which has been in business for 20 years, has been forced to close temporarily following the incident earlier this week.
Margaret Scott, who runs the takeaway with Mary Duggan, said they discovered all the kit had gone when a workman noticed the break-in the following morning.
She told the Telegraph & Argus: “It was a massive shock. We thought it might just have been the till, but they’ve taken all of the fryers and we’ve got nothing left. They’ve taken everything.
“The police have told us it seems like a professional job as the gas pipes had been cut, as well as the phone lines and alarm. They must have been in there for over an hour.”
It is understood that the thieves removed the shutters from the back of the property and broke a window to gain access.
The paper said the owners were looking into ways to replace the stolen equipment and hope to have the takeaway up and running next week.
“Everything may have gone, but they won’t keep us down”, said Scott. “This is the first time anything like this has happened and we hope it’s the last. It just makes us more determined to keep going.”
A safe containing three days of takings was also stolen in the burglary.