POLICE are hunting for a balaclava-wearing thief who broke into the United petrol station in West Bendigo last night.
The offender stole a large quantity of cigarettes after forcing entry at about 2am this morning.
Contractors were on site early Saturday afternoon to replace the shattered glass doors.
Police and the franchise's owner Shahzad are yet to tally the full value of what was stolen.
"We don't think anything else was taken but we are not sure yet. Our main concern this morning was the safety of everyone coming through the door," Shahzad said.
"Once that is done I'll sit down and go through it all."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bendigo police station on 5448 1300.
They can also contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or lodge an online report at crimestoppers.com.au.
Reports can be made anonymously.