Police in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County are investigating after someone smashed their way into the Trenton Fire Station and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.            

Police say the break-in took place sometime overnight.

The thief, or thieves, first broke the door to the chief’s office. Then they made their way to the storage room, where an old cash register was stored.

“At this time, investigators believe that a small, undisclosed amount of cash was taken from this fire department,” says Const. Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Police Department.

The theft has upset many people in the small town, including the mayor, who says the cash-strapped fire department needs every dollar it can get its hands on.

“Extremely tight for small fire departments and for a small town,” says Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon.

“These people put their lives on the line voluntarily and are out there protecting our homes and the fires and what thanks do they get? Somebody recklessly comes and breaks and smashes a door and comes in, to get what?”

MacKinnon says the broken door was not part of the building alarm system, so as not to impede firefighters on an emergency call. He says the system will be reviewed.

Police say all major emergency response equipment has been accounted for, but each of the 29 members of the volunteer fire department will have to come in and check their equipment to see if anything is missing.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan MacIntosh