Shops targeted by burglars in Ruskington overnight

Two shops have been targeted by thieves overnight in Ruskington in the latest in a series of burglaries in the village.

On this occasion intruders broke in overnight on Monday night at a florist’s shop and St Barnabas’ Hospice charity shop - both on the High Street.

Nothing appears to have been taken from the florist’s but a quantity of cash was stolen from the charity shop.

A police spokesman appealed for anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 51 or May 19.

St Barnabas Hospice shops’ retail manager Caroline Peach said they have lost a day’s trading as well as the float from the till. She said the thieves had come prepared, having broken in through a rear window they prized the safe from the wall of their main shop, then took the keys to the hospice’s neighbouring bookshop and raided that as well.

She said: “They knew exactly what they were doing. we will have to repair the window and replace the safe and it has been quite disruptive as we have not been trading all day because of scenes of crime officers having to investigate and take prints, so we weren’t able to touch anything until late afternoon, so we did not open today.

“We have potentially lost a couple of hundred pounds worth of takings from being closed, they took the float for the till and even took the money we were saving up for a colleague’s leaving ‘do’.

“How low can you go, to steal from a charity shop?

“I understand there has been a spate of burglaries in the village, so it is a bit concerning.”

The shop would re-open tomorrow (Wednesday) hoping suporters will rally round to make up for the losses.