Police are appealing for information after a burglary and an attempted break-in at a village shop in Galgate.
The first incident took place at The Village Store Spar in Main Road sometime between 10pm and 11.30pm on August 8.
It is believed the offenders approached the rear of the shop and forced open the rear door.
They were then able to force open an internal security door before gaining entry to the counter and stealing more than £6,000 of cigarettes and tobacco.
The shop was then targeted again on Monday, August 13 between 10pm and 11pm.
The offenders again attempted to enter the premises via the rear door but on this occasion, they were disturbed by the owner of the shop.
As the owner came out and challenged the offenders, he was assaulted and received a head injury.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.
Officers are investigating the possibility that the two incidents could be linked and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
Det Sgt Fiona Jackson said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anything around the time of either of the offences or to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area leading up to them to contact us.
“We believe, following the second incident, that the offenders left the scene at high speed in a silver vehicle, possibly a Skoda Octavia, in the direction of the M6 and Garstang, so I would appeal to anyone who thinks they may have seen this vehicle to come forward.
“I would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have been offered cigarettes or tobacco for sale to come forward if they have any information that they think might help.”
Information can be passed to police by calling 101 or alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.