A church fundraiser turned sour after a group of thieves stole from stalls during a Christmas market.
Members of St Leonard’s Church in Leverington were shocked and upset after three women and a man were alleged to stolen rings and other items during the event.
The church was hosting a popular market and Christmas tree to raise money for the 13th century building on December 13.
Chairman of the Friends of Leverington Church Mary Watt is putting out a warning to other charities to be on guard.
Mrs Watt learned about the theft after being approached by a number of stallholders who had noticed items had gone missing after the group had left.
She said: “Everyone is shocked. Theft is bad enough but how could anyone walk into a church and steal something. It is unbelievable especially at this time of year.
“I was so angry. If the church warden had been there, he has powers of arrest in the church.
“You don’t expect pilfering during a church fundraiser.”
Mrs Watt says ornaments and jewellery were stolen from the stalls. The most expensive item was a £15 ring.
The group have been described as being short, shabbily dressed and all in their 30s and 40s. One woman had long hair and the man wore a lot of rings.
The market and Christmas tree festival had proved to be very successful raising a total of £1,000.
The church was decorated with a total of 50 trees.