THOUSANDS of pounds have been stolen from two Cornish pubs that were burgled on the same night.
Police are linking the burglaries at the Kings Arms, Luxulyan, and the Earl of Chatham, Lostwithiel, which happened overnight on Sunday.
St Austell inspector Tony Joslin has said the force believes the offender or offenders knew what and where to target.
Landlady of the Kings Arms, Sharon Lewis, who has run the pub with her husband, Steve, since September, said it has left her family, including her two teenage children, feeling vulnerable.
The Lewis family live above the pub.
They were asleep upstairs when the burglary took place and it was only the next morning when they realised what had happened.
Mrs Lewis said: "Steve came downstairs to the pub at about 6am and he didn't notice anything until he saw everything had been taken off the kitchen windowsill. They had been very tidy."
The burglars had taken the pub safe containing hundreds of pounds and cigarettes. "The safe must be about 200 years old and is very heavy, so it should be easy to spot if it's in the area," she said. "It's not sunk in yet but it has definitely shaken us all.
"It makes you feel horrible," the landlady added.
Regular Dave Weston said the burglary has angered the close-knit community.
"All the landlord and landladies of the pub have been lovely and Sharon and Steve are no different and I really hope that they don't go as a result of this," he said.
Mr Weston, 67, added: "They are doing a great job and trying their best to attract even more locals. They have a great sense of humour and are lovely people and this is so sad."
Police are also investigating the burglary at the Earl of Chatham, during which more than £2,000 was stolen.
The inspector said: "These burglaries took place on the same night and this is no coincidence."
Police are treating the crimes very seriously, especially as the owners were inside during the time of the burglaries.
"It can destroy their sense of security in their premises quite profoundly."
He urged publicans to make sure security measures are installed and working, and asked the public to keep their eyes peeled.
"Pubs are often the centre of the community and both are in rural communities, who rely on their local. We even have some officers that frequent them and they are shocked."
Anyone with information can call St Austell police on 101, reference number GW/14/81 or GW/14/82.