BALLARAT police are investigating two burglaries at hardware stores early Wednesday morning.
Detective Senior Constable Alanna McDonald said thieves forced the glass doors and stole several power tools from Home Hardware on Gillies Street at midnight.
About 30 minutes, later thieves cut through a wire fence at Deutscher Lawnmower on Creswick Road before reversing a car through the front of the shop to allow access through the doors.
Several chainsaws and other power tools were stolen from the premises.
Police urge anyone with information to call Ballarat police on 5336 6000 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.