CALLOUS burglars have left devastated staff at a Rugby charity shop with a £1,000 repair bill after they smashed through a roof to ransack the store – stealing a safe and a collection box.
Police are investigating after the thieves crashed their way into the Headway shop on Clifton Road sometime between its closure at 5pm on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
The charity, which helps people rebuild their lives following brain injury, was left to pick up the pieces after the thieves trashed the shop’s shelves and donations before stealing a safe containing nearly £70.
Manager Louise Revan was shocked to discover the thieves had broken in through the shop’s ceiling to evade the store’s heavy security measures.
The culprits destroyed a section of the ceiling, leaving plaster littered across the floor and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
“We are all absolutely devastated,” said Louise. “They even stole the charity collection box. It is difficult to believe that someone could be so cruel as to vandalise and steal from a charity shop.”
She said the store had lost a whole day of business because the damaged ceiling posed too much of a risk to customers.
She added: “It is bad enough that the break-in has put a considerable strain on the shop’s funds – but it is even more disheartening to think that the broken roof and interiors will have to be replaced with money that should be spent on helping people who have been affected with brain injury.
“We are determined to bounce back from this demoralising incident, and we guarantee a very warm welcome to anyone who would like to donate some now much-needed stock.”
The shop, at 5-7 Clifton Road, is expected to open again from Wednesday (September 16).