UPDATE - Charity shops being targeted by burglars - police witness appeal


Shop staff are warned to keep their cash locked away or off the premises after a growing trend by cruel thieves to burgle charity shops in the south of the county over the festive period, including one in Sleaford.

Two Cancer Research charity shops were targeted by burglars over Christmas.

Sometime between 4pm on Monday December 28 and 9am on Tuesday December 29, the Cancer Research UK shop on Southgate in Sleaford was broken into. A quantity of cash was taken from the till float and in loose change, as well as a charity tin and its contents.

In a second incident, a burglary at the Cancer Research shop in Hall Place, Spalding was discovered on Christmas Eve morning. The thieves had got in through a fire door and stole a small safe containing a cash float and some takings.

Sometime between 6.45pm on Sunday December 13 and 7am on Monday December 14, Oxfam on the High Street in Stamford was burgled. Intruders smashed a rear window, stole two charity tins and managed to force their way into a neighbouring business’s stock room, which belonged to Savers, and stole a quantity of stock.

The Penny Lane charity shop on St Paul’s Street in Stamford was targeted sometime between 6pm on Sunday December 13 and 8am on Monday December 14, but the burglars failed to gain entry.

On Monday 4 January an attempt was made to enter the British Red Cross on North Street in Bourne but offenders were not successful. It happened in the early hours of Monday January 4 at approximately 1.40am.

The British Heart Foundation on the High Street in Stamford was broken into sometime between 4pm on Sunday January 3 and 9am on Monday 4 January. The thieves smashed a rear window to get in. The till float was stolen, four Slazenger watches and a charity collection tin.

As the investigation continues, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may have any information in relation to these incidents. Did you see or hear anything suspicious or have any information you think could asisst the enquiry? If so please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”