Thieves trash charity shop store

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 January 2015

Simon Mercer outside the RSPCA charity shop, which was broken into over the weekend.

Simon Mercer outside the RSPCA charity shop, which was broken into over the weekend.

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CRIMINALS have targeted a charity shop in Weston, 'trashing' the store and stealing a week's worth of takings, leaving its management feeling 'vulnerable' to attacks.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the thieves broke into the RSPCA charity shop in Walliscote Road between 5.30pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

The branch manager, Simon Mercer, said: “They have taken all of the money in the tills, they trashed the shop.

“They have stolen the week’s takings, which I’m not entirely sure how much it was but it was a substantial amount. They took a credit card machine, some DVDS, cleaning equipment and other bits.

“Unfortunately we don’t keep a full inventory so the full scale isn’t known.”

Neighbourhood PC Gemma Harper said: “It’s always a shame when a charity shop is targeted by criminals. I hope someone will be able to help us find out who is responsible.

“If you saw anything suspicious in the area over the weekend or have seen these items being offered for sale in unusual circumstances please get in touch.”

Mr Mercer said: “There’s no CCTV in the area, I just want to make other people aware, we are vulnerable to attacks.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact police via www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or call 101 and quote crime reference number 8950/15. Alternatively information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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