A Christmas Scrooge robbed a charity shop in Wisbech town centre at the weekend – stealing £400 in cash and leaving behind a possible £2,000 repair bill.
Volunteers and staff at the British Red Cross Shop, in Market Place, have been devastated after the burglar forced open an expensive door before stealing their safe during.
The shop lost £400, which included its takings from the day before along with donations from children in the town, who had been giving 1ps and 2ps.
Manager of the shop, Sandra Elsegood, said: “I think it is terrible that someone would come into a charity shop and rob it.
“We are raising money for everyone and they have just come in and taken the money.
“All of my volunteers give so much time to this shop.
“It is like a second home in a sense and they are really sad that this has happened. It is absolutely disgusting.”
The thief smashed a thick fire door to get into the shop at around 4am on Saturday.
After going through the till, the thief went upstairs and ripped the safe off the wall.
Mrs Elsegood is braced for an expensive repair bill for the door. She said: “The door has to be specially made as we are in a conservation area and last time it cost £1,600.
“Now if we need a new one it could cost £2,000. We also need a new safe, so all of this is going to have to come out of our fundraising.”
The team will be hoping to recoup the money with extra fundraising during the New Year.
Police have now launched an investigation into the theft. No arrests have been made so far.
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