BURGLARS raided a young entrepreneur’s first business — just weeks after it opened its doors.
Thieves pulled out an upstairs window and ransacked McIndian, a fast food takeaway in Newport Street, Bolton town centre.
They stole a black iPad mini, a cash tin containing charity money, about £150 cash from the till and power tools.
One even took a sip from a Rubicon mango can and left it open on the shop counter.
Owner Aamir Ahmad said: “It was obvious the business had been burgled when I opened up in the morning because the till was on the floor and a door inside was open when it is always closed.
"It is going to be difficult because we run the business from hand to mouth.”
Mr Ahmad is juggling the business with studying for an undergraduate degree in international business at The University of Central Lancashire.
The 21-year-old, from Lostock, said: “We have been very vigilant since the burglary. The sign on the business is new, the people who did it must know it has just opened.
"They took notes and pound coins and 50p coins from the till but left everything else. Weighing scales were taken too and I used to measure everything.
“I have always been into cooking and this is my first business. I am hoping to open a chain. I have been working from 11am until 11pm since it opened.”
An orange Black and Decker electric screwdriver was also taken, along with an orange Black and Decker electric saw.
The student said the crime has been a setback as he was still working on the building and has now been left without tools.
He has also had to turn customers away if they want to pay by credit or debit card as he cannot use the PayPal facility after his iPad was stolen.
The business is covered by insurance but Mr Ahmad said he was not sure whether he would make a claim due to the cost of the excess.
The break-in took place between 9pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.
Sgt Kevin Lister, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, advised business owners to ensure there is adequate security measures in place.
He said cash and valuables should be removed from businesses when they are not occupied.