02:54PM, Monday 14 March 2016
Horrified staff at the Windsor and Eton Brewery, in Vansittart Estate, discovered the break-in at around 5.45am.
It is believed that intruders forced their way through the front door of the brewery between 3.30am and 5am.
Both of the brewery’s safes were emptied and cash was stolen from the shop tills.
The safes were then hoisted on to the back of one of the brewery’s branded vans using a forklift truck stationed at the Vansittart Estate site.
The thieves then made off in the van, which was later found burnt out on Winkfield Road at around 9.30am by firefighters from Windsor Fire Station.
Some of the money stolen was due to be donated to charity and had been raised through the brewery’s ‘Guess the Score’ competition which has been running throughout the Six Nations tournament.
Will Calvert, a director at the Windsor and Eton Brewery, said: “We’ve been very lucky that nothing like this has happened to the business before and we’ve got to overcome this.
“But if anyone in Windsor thinks they’ve seen anything then please go to the police to give us our best possible chance to get something out of this.”
Mr Calvert added that at this early stage the brewery does not know how much money has been stolen.
Anyone who thinks they’ve seen anything suspicious should call Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Firefighters were called to the van fire near Ascot this morning.
A crew from Windsor attended the incident near Winkfield Road at about 9.30am and spent about an hour at the scene.
No one in believed to have been injured, but Thames Valley Police is investigating.