A manager at a North-east hotel has revealed her shock after raiders stole about £2,000.
Police have launched an investigation after the cash was stolen from the Ramsey Arms Hotel on Burnside Road, Fettercairn, at some point between 9.30pm on Thursday and 6am yesterday.
“I’m just shocked and saddened that this could happen,” said the hotel’s front-of-house manager Hayleigh Frain.
She said: “The hotel and restaurant have been family run for years and I don’t understand why anyone would target us.”
When staff arrived for work yesterday morning, they found the money had been stolen, along with a quantity of alcohol.
Damage had been caused to the door.
Pc Gavin Cathro said: “I appeal to anyone with information to please get in touch as soon as possible.
“If you live nearby, did you see any suspicious people or vehicles through the night?”
Staff said two people who were acting suspiciously went into the hotel at about 7.30pm on Thursday.
“It was a man and a woman and they both spoke with Scottish accents,” said Ms Frain. She added: “They didn’t order any drinks or food.
“One of them just asked if they could use the toilet.
“I think they only stayed for about five minutes.”
It is understood the couple left in a Mercedes car which was possibly being driven by a third person.
Pc Cathro said: “In particular, we are keen to trace and speak to a man and woman who were at the hotel on Thursday evening and left in a red Mercedes A Class.
“Please contact police if you see this appeal and recognise this to be you as you may have information which could assist.”
He added: “This incident has happened in an area where this type of crime is extremely rare.
“It won’t be tolerated and extensive inquiries are ongoing to identify who is responsible.
“Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 0423 of April 13. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous.”