Burglars who broke into a charity shop and stole the Poppy Appeal collection tin have been branded as “low lives”.
Volunteers and workers at the Salvation Army shop in Wisbech have been left heartbroken after thoughtless thieves have taken the estimated £200 contained in the tin.
This theft is particularly upsetting as the town is preparing to remember the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during Remembrance Sunday’s Commemorations. A service and parade will be held on Sunday morning.
The Poppy Appeal tin and a Salvation Army tin were the only items taken after burglars broke in using a skylight and then smashed a large hole in the ceiling to get into the Union Street Shop.
Manager Sandra Stevens discovered the theft when she arrived at the shop yesterday morning (Monday, November 3).
She said: “Many customers had been coming in to put money in the tin. It is going to be difficult to face them.
“To take this money is disgusting. They have no respect at all.
“Last year we raised more than £200 for the Poppy Appeal and were hoping to go above that this year.
“Our volunteers give their time to help the community and then you get people like this.”
This is the third time the shop has been raided by thieves.
The charity is going to have to fork out hundreds of pounds to replace the damaged skylight and the ceiling.
Chairman of the Wisbech branch of the Royal British Legion, Bill Durrant, has hit out at the thieves.
He said: “They are just low lives. The money we raise in the Poppy Appeal goes towards helping the people who have served their country and suffered.
“These people should be stuck in a uniform and given a weapon and sent across to somewhere like Afghanistan and see how they get on.”
Police have put out an appeal for witnesses.
If you have any information contact police on the 101 number.