A MASKED THUG threatened staff at a nursery minutes before the children arrived.
Nature’s Nursery, on St Philip’s Drive, Royton , was raided shortly before 7.30am last Thursday.
After ringing the doorbell the masked man forced his way in and demanded cash from a female worker.
He swiped a quantity of money from the petty cash tin before escaping.
There were no children inside the building at the time, although they began arriving just minutes later.
The staff member was said to be badly shaken by her ordeal.
The offender was wearing dark clothing and a scarf which he used to cover his face.
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the culprit.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 555.